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Creating Custom Routes with the Zend Framework

Apr 29, 2010, 09:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Gilmore)

"Cleanly constructed (also known as "pretty") URLs are native to any Zend Framework-powered application, meaning you don't have to deal with ugly URL rewriting tasks or other programmatic voodoo to implement this convenient feature. Instead, the Zend Framework constructs these URLs naturally as you build out the project's controllers and respective actions.

"As an example, if you were creating a new corporate site for a client and the client desired a page that listed available products, you logically might create an action named list hosted within a controller named Products. The resulting URL might look like this:

http://www.example.com/products/list/

"The Zend Framework can also gracefully pass and retrieve parameters via the URL, allowing you to dynamically modify how the action behaves. For instance, you might tweak the list action's default behavior by passing along a category, which will result in the action displaying only those products that fall under the provided category:

http://www.example.com/products/list/category/shoes/

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