I took the time tonight to review the preview release of CakePHP 3. Having used CakePHP for 6 years, I had certain expectations about what I wanted from the Framework. The leap from version 1 to 2 had been to improve things that perhaps version 1 hadn't got quite right - particularly improvements when it came to speed. But other than the improvements, the core way that the framework worked was similar - the learning curve from version 1 to 2 wasn't that step. So with eager anticipation, I began with CakePHP 3.
The installation of CakePHP 3 was very simple. I was new to Composer, but it was very easy to use, and even set the permissions on my tmp directory - fantastic start.
From there, I was able to set up my database details no issue in the app/Config/app.php file (which for coders familiar with CakePHP 2, is a combined file of the core.php and database.php). While my personal preference would have been to call the file config.php, I liked the idea of merging the two files.
I created my controller file, and perhaps out of habit more than anything, immediately went to type $this->Model->find(); This was when I realised things were different. I knew CakePHP 3 was going to have a new ORM, and I know things are still only in the preview stage, but I do have some concerns with the way it works.
The first change is that when calling a model, CakePHP3 uses the plural model name rather than the singular. This will be a big change for programmers used to calling their model in the singular name.
After a bit of confusion, I managed to get my line of code to look like this:
$articles = $this->Articles->find()->first();
While perhaps a little more code than under CakePHP 3, my main concern was the speed. It was slow. That query alone look a few seconds and I only was only fetching one record. I am assuming this is because the ORM is still being developed, or the way of doing the find query has just been done incorrectly - or I am putting the code in the wrong place! I have placed a ticket regarding this and will update when I get an answer.
6 May 2014 - Update - I reported the issue (with my old GitHub account) and the slowness issue has been since fixed. Read about this here.
I will comment again on the next realise and as the documentation gets updated. My hope is to gain an early understanding of the new framework so that I can actually help write and develop a lot of the documentation - and try to make it as simple as possible. My only hope is, that the new ORM keeps a lot of the simple concepts from CakePHP 2 and CakePHP 3 doesn't try to change something too radically that so many developers have enjoyed for many years.
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