Zend_Tool_Framework is a framework for exposing common
functionalities such as the creation of project scaffolds, code
generation, search index generation, and much more. Functionality may be
written and exposed via PHP classes dropped into the
PHP include_path, providing incredible
flexibility of implementation. The functionality may then be consumed by writing
implementation and/or protocol-specific clients -- such as console
clients, XML-RPC, SOAP, and much more.
Zend_Tool_Framework provides the following:
Common interfaces and abstracts that allow developers to create functionality and capabilities that are dispatchable by tooling clients.
Base client functionality and a concrete
console implementation that connect external tools and
interfaces to the
Zend_Tool_Framework. The Console
client may be used in CLI environments such as unix shells and
the Windows console.
"Provider" and "Manifest" interfaces that can be utilized by the tooling system. "Providers" represent the functional aspect of the framework, and define the actions that tooling clients may call. "Manifests" act as metadata registries that provide additional context for the various defined providers.
An introspective loading system that will scan the environment for providers and determine what is required to dispatch them.
A standard set of system providers that allow the system to report what the full capabilities of the system are as well as provide useful feedback. This also includes a comprehensive "Help System".
Definitions that you should be aware of through this manual with respect
Zend_Tool_Framework - The framework which exposes
Tooling Client - A developer tool that connects
to and consumes
Client - The subsystem of
Zend_Tool_Framework that exposes an interface such that
tooling clients can connect, query and execute commands.
Console Client / Command Line Interface / zf.php - The tooling client for the command line.
Provider - A subsystem and a collection of built-in functionality that the framework exports.
Manifest - A subsystem for defining, organizing, and disseminating provider requirement data.
Zend_Tool_Project Provider - A set of providers
specifically for creating and maintaining Zend Framework-based