In a prior post, I wrote about using php to implement a simple version of layouts, or what are called masterpages in ASP.Net. In it I mentioned that you could go directly to the content part for ajax purposes. I want to show how to support that in a language like php when not using a framework.
I’m going to try to get back to posting more about solutions that apply to simpler sites. I think rightfully so, developers have been backing off the complexity of large frameworks for everyday web projects. Often times, with just a few lightweight tools, clean maintainable web apps can be created. Listen to this episode of hanselminutes: it happens to be about WebMatrix, but could be an advertisement for php, sinatra and more.
Let’s say that I wanted to link to an about page, and using the convention from the prior post, I have masterpage.php, about.php, and about_text.php. Any link that goes to about should look like the following:
<a href="about.php" alt="About Page" onclick="loadContent('about_text.php');">About</a>
Finally, it’s worth knowing that on the ruby side (for example using sinatra), you can control whether you use a layout on the server side with the following code:
if request.xhr? erb :about, :layout => false else erb :about end
For more ideas, check out books like Real-World Solutions for Developing High-Quality PHP Frameworks and Applications, or discuss below if you have ideas for more posts about solutions for your next web project. Also, checkout other php posts and programming posts.