Barcelona international PHP conference wrap up

After attending Google Developer Day in Madrid, I knew it was going to be hard to impress me. But the guys from phpbcnint08 blowed me away! Not only because of the very high quality of the speakers, the comfortable and appropriate venue, the really good meal, the all you can drink or the Wii, the XBOX 360, the Acer Aspire One, the O’Reilly books and the flight tickets they gave away.

What really impressed me was the love and commitement that all of the organizers showed about PHP. Some people say that you get what you pay for… well, the event registration was only 20 euros and some of the best-known PHP community speakers were there.

There were simultaneous talks, so I couldn’t attend all of them:

Marcus Bointon started with e-mail in PHP, not only showed the benefits of PHP Mailer, he also dug into the mass mailing topic, giving some interesting facts and recommendations about handling the delivery of  huge amounts of e-mails.

The next talk was as entertaining as interesting, Arno Schneider who does a really good job designing very appealing slides, explained his disagreement with Rasmus Lerdorf about PHP frameworks, showed some real world examples and took many of us back to our early programming days when our code was a mess.

Scott MacVicar and Derick Rethans were the last ones, they talked about SQLite 3 and Xdebug respectively. A pair of interesting and mature projects, both of which I’ve had the time to test drive.

My trip to Barcelona was totally worth it. I want to give a huge thanks to the organizers and encourage them to keep up with their loyalty and hard work towards the community, creating this type of good quality events and hoping for nothing in return.

No more blogger

After exchanging several e-mails back and forth with technical support, neither they nor I were able to migrate my blog from Blogger to WordPress, I had to do it manually. It seems that Google is not putting so much attention to Blogger as it does with other services.

So I’m glad to have this new blog!

Validación encadenada de formularios usando Zend_Filter_Input

Zend_Validator junto con Zend_Filter se convierten en una herramienta bastante poderosa para la validación de datos y formularios.
Hay que tener en cuenta que gracias a la arquitectura de Libre Uso (Use At Will) de Zend Framework, este pedazo de código puede ser usado en cualquier proyecto sin importar si se implementa MVC o no.

Como ejemplos anteriores, este es bastante sencillo:

El indexAction() muestra la vista con el formulario que debe ser validado, si no se usa MVC olvidémoslo.

validateAction() es donde todo sucede, primero se declara una clase con un validador personalizado (que explicaré luego). La validación encadenada es creada, cada una especifica la clase de validación que se utiliza con sus respectivos parámetros y los mensajes predeterminados a mostrar.

Los mensajes personalizados son una característica bastante útil, especialmente cuando se desarrollan aplicaciones multi-lenguaje.

Luego se crea un array con los filtros a aplicar, no todos los datos son filtrados. En este caso, solo la edad, la dirección y el número telefónico son “limpiados” para evitar que lleguen caracteres prohibidos.

Finalmente Zend_Filter_Input entra en el juego, recibiendo todos los datos del formulario y chequeando todos en un solo llamado al método isValid().

Adicionalmente, estoy usando FlashMessenger para almacenar los mensajes de éxito o error y mostrarlos en el próximo llamado HTTP. Recuerde que los mensajes del FlashMessenger no pueden ser mostrados en la misma acción que se instancian.

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class ValidatorController extends Zend_Controller_Action
     * Renders the form
    public function indexAction()
        show_source(PATH_CONTROLLERS . 'ExampleController.php');

     * Validates the input
    public function validateAction()
         * The included class is an example of custom validators
        require_once PATH_CLASSES . 'My_Validate_Url.php';
        $validurl = new My_Validate_Url();
        $validurl->setMessage('Invalid URL', My_Validate_URL::NOT_MATCH);
        $validurl->setMessage('Empty', My_Validate_URL::STRING_EMPTY);
        $validators = array(
             'address' => array('Alnum', new Zend_Validate_Alnum(true),
                                'messages' => array(
                                'Address not valid', // Default error message
                                // Specific error messages
                                array(Zend_Validate_Alnum::NOT_ALNUM =>
                                      'Address contains invalid characters',
                                      Zend_Validate_Alnum::STRING_EMPTY =>
                                      'Address field is mandatory'))),
             'phone'   => array('Digits', new Zend_Validate_Digits(),
                                'messages' => array(
                                'Wrong phone number format',
                                array(Zend_Validate_Digits::NOT_DIGITS =>
                                      'Phone number can only have digits',
                                      Zend_Validate_Digits::STRING_EMPTY =>
                                      'Phone number can not be empty'))),
             'age'     => array('Digits', new Zend_Validate_Between(16, 59),
                                'messages' => array(
                                'You do not qualify because of your age',
                                array(Zend_Validate_Between::NOT_BETWEEN => 
                                      'Age is not between the allowed range'))),
             'id'      => array('StringLength', new Zend_Validate_StringLength(8, 10),
                                'messages' => array(
                                'ID not valid',
                                array(Zend_Validate_StringLength::TOO_LONG =>
                                      'ID is too long',
                                      Zend_Validate_StringLength::TOO_SHORT =>
                                      'ID is too short'))),
             'date'    => array('Date', new Zend_Validate_Date(),
                                'messages' => array(
                                'Wrong date',
                                array(Zend_Validate_Date::INVALID =>
                                      'Date not recognized as valid',
                                      Zend_Validate_Date::FALSEFORMAT =>
                                      'Date format is incorrect',
                                      Zend_Validate_Date::NOT_YYYY_MM_DD =>
                                     'Date format must be YYYY-MM-DD'))),
              'url'      => $validurl

         * Age, address and phone are also filtered
         * The true param in Zend_Filter_Alnum tells it to allows whitespaces
        $filters = array('age'      => 'Int',
                         'address'  => array('Alnum', new Zend_Filter_Alnum(true)),
                         'phone'    => 'Digits');

        // Now we chain the validators, the filters and pass the post params on
        $input = new Zend_Filter_Input($filters, $validators);

        // Check whether errors occur
        if ($input->isValid())
        } else {
            $messages = $input->getMessages();
            foreach ($messages as $key => $value)
                // Store all messages in FlashMessenger
                foreach ($value as $msg)

        // There are errors, the index action will show them...