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miniMVC is a minimalistic Modular MVC framework, with built-in minifier, and pure-PHP templating system.


  • PHP 5.3+
  • PDO extensions for databases you wish to use
  • Webserver that correctly handles PATH_INFO, such as:
    • Apache
    • IIS
    • Lighttpd
    • Resin/Quercus
  • SimpleTest library for running unit tests

Unique features

Database class is an extension of PHP's PDO class.

Database class uses Query as a database abstraction layer and query builder.

Database connections are set in /app/config/db.php

File Structure

  • index.php - framework bootstrap

  • app - configuration and app-wide files

    • classes - helper classes
    • config - configuration files
    • modules - MVC triads
      • controllers - controller classes
      • models - model classes
      • views - module-specific views
    • views - global page templates
      • errors - error page templates
  • assets - frontend files

    • js - javascript files
    • css - css files
    • config - minifier configuration files
  • sys - core framework classes

Common Tasks

  • Creating a controller

      class Foo extends miniMVC\Controller {
      	function __construct()
  • Creating a model

      class Bar extends miniMVC\Model {
      	function __construct()
  • Loading a database

    $this->db = miniMVC\db::get_instance($db_name);

    Note that multiple databases can be used in the same class by specifying a different database name.

  • Loading a model (From a controller)

    $this->load_model($model) - creates an instance of that model as a member of the current class. After loading the model, you can call its methods like so

    $this->[model name]->method()

  • Loading a class

    Librarys / classes found in app/classes or sys/libraries are autoloaded. To call a library, simply instantiate that class.

    Classes with a get_instance static methods should be called like so:

    $obj =& miniMVC\class::get_instance()

    Other classes should be called using the new operator

    $obj = new miniMVC\class()