Zend Framework one-line platform config: Configure, Don’t Integrate

This was originally posted on leftcolumn.net. It’s been moved here because it is more relevant to this site.

Separating config from code in Zend Framework is not as simple as it is in say, Ruby on Rails. And when your source code is version-controlled you want to minimise the manual configuration required. So here’s a nice way to keep it simple. The idea is to keep configuration data for your test and production environments in a single config file that does not change, then switch environments in a dedicated separate one-line config file.

Here’s a sample platforms.ini:

developer_mode = true
db.adapter = PDO_MYSQL
db.params.host = localhost
db.params.dbname = testdb
db.params.username = lkdf034k3k3b
db.params.password = SJGS43we3sdd

developer_mode = false
db.adapter = PDO_MYSQL
db.params.host = localhost
db.params.dbname = productiondb
db.params.username = ksjdhfkjjdhf
db.params.password = jfdhkjsdhdjk

.. .And here’s active_platform.ini. This is where we define which of test or production is currently active:

setting = test

…And here’s how index.php refers to active_platform.ini to first determine which platform it’s on, and second load the appropriate config from platforms.ini:

// which platform mode are we on? i.e.: test or production
$active_platform = new Zend_Config_Ini('application/configs/active_platform.ini','active_platform');

// get the platform config
$config = new Zend_Config_Ini('application/configs/platforms.ini', $active_platform->setting);
Zend_Registry::set('config', $config);

// set up the db
$db = Zend_Db::factory($platform_config->db);

When you want to deploy to production, you change the setting in active_platform.ini to ‘production.’ Simple as that.. this may be obvious but I’ve found it to speed up deployment and make it less error-prone.

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