The IPL has a unique ability to separate code from content from
design in a very modular and efficient fashion. This functionality is
created by providing the programmer with a shell in which to work. This
shell is brought together at runtime by the IPL itself, and all of the
parts of the IPL are processed in a smooth and orderly fashon. This helps
set the IPL apart from most other PHP libraries.
Modular Design and Dot-Syntax
All classes and actions are now well structured. By making use of a dot-syntax,
similar to the way that Java handles imports and instanciations, you can now
import and instanciate classes and actions that are a part of the library. A
new directory structure and logical directory assignments now make the library
easier than ever to navigate.
You decide how your pages are processed and what module layers to access
in what order. Your display procedure is your own.
Internal functionality is what brings the IPL together when the programmer's
work is complete. The IPL uses internal processing to combine and process
all of the layers of the IPL layered processing methodology and quickly deliver
a final product at runtime.
The IPL processes pages based on a layered processing methodology. The library
makes use of multiple process layers. The following order is the default processing
- Global Preprocessing
- Local Preprocessing
- Page Preprocessing
- Error Processing
- Notice Processing
- Content Processing
- Shell Processing and Display
- Content Display
Dynamic Content Switching
Switch display content dynamically during logic processing.
Dynamic SSL Switching
Switch Secure Socket Layers on and off dynamically or via external queries to
the IPL. (under development and testing)
Action scripts are PHP documents that work with one or more library class, but
are, themselves, included into another layer.
Steps are currently being taken to integrate a third party workflow engine into
the library. The original workflow engine has been removed from the IPL to
Configuration of the IPL is fast and easy. There are multiple configuration
classes for the library that can be modified. Steps are being taken to convert
these configuration files to an XML format. The IPL is also out-of-the-box
Database access is greatly simplified through the use of the Database class.
Easily manipulate data types, compact, decompact, encode, and decode data with
the DataManip class.
Create and send complex or simple emails through use of the Email class.
It is easy to send errors and notices to the IPL or process them yourself.
Graphing is now easier than ever with the latest graphing class. Dynamically
generate charts and graphs based on any dataset.
Manipulate or read page headers to modify content types, site information,
create forward scripts, and more.
INI File Manipulation
Manipulate or read INI configuration files.
LDAP Directory Access
Authenticate against LDAP directory servers.
System Information Access
Pass queries to the IPL or use a built in class to retrieve basic system and
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