Cake Fun Comments

Well, I’ve been getting a good deal of on-the-job Rails practice, and am appreciating how well thought-out the framework is more and more. In contrast, CakePHP is missing a vast number of features. But it’s still quite promising. I’ve decided against playing with Symfony for now, as it’s annoyingly complex and just doesn’t feel right for me. Akelos fell apart when I tried to build the demo blog.

Cake’s bake utility is vaguely useful if only for the fact that I don’t have to memorize 3 lines of code. I’m much more interested in learning how to use the Cake console, as that’s one of my most-frequently accessed parts of Rails. Any time I need to learn something, I dig through mysql to find out field names, and dig through console to quickly see exactly what format data will return in, etc.

I’m glad Cake uses associative arrays rather than simple argument lists, that’s for sure. However, the 1.2 validation, though more complete than pre-1.2 validation, seems to be one of the more unnecessarily complex pieces of Cake functionality. It can be treated more simply, though, which is great.

Next up on the Cake learning plate: caching, testing, and ACL.


  1. Posted February 22, 2008 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, man. I really gotta get up on that Cake stuff as well. Hope we can pimp out R00fles asap.

  2. Godwin
    Posted July 13, 2008 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Hey, I guess that’s why Cakephp and Netbeans w/ Rails is used at my job!

  3. Posted July 27, 2008 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Hey G! Long time no hear from! I enjoyed playing with Cake but personally found Akelos (http://www.akelos.org) much more satisfying, particularly in how well it emulates RoR.

    Glad you’re working an interesting job now!

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