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Template Driven PHP Architecture

Sep 16, 2009, 01:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marc Plotz)

"What I am confronted with every day is the clash between designers and developers. This is more of a metaphorical one than a real thing, but it exists. The problem is that the two worlds cannot meet on solid ground. The designer thinks in terms of style, shapes, layouts, while the developer thinks in terms of code, structure and architecture. But there is some point--albeit shaky--where the two meet, and that is called HTML.

"The designer has a final result that is HTML. At the end of the day his work becomes an HTML layout complemented by CSS. The developer starts with the HTML that the designer has created and then makes his code render it dynamically. So it is here, at this meeting point that is HTML that we must find a way for designer and developer to meet and do what they both need to do without stepping on each other's toes.

"Assume for a minute that a designer has designed a simple HTML Table that will display the details of members on a website in a simple list display. What if we could let the designer simply tell us where he wanted the developer to insert the dynamic content and simply leave it to him? What if, rather than having to explain complex concepts, the designer could simply say:"

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