Posts Tagged zf

Jan 3 2010

Zend Framework: How-to interact with Google Calendar (Part 1/2)

Zend Framework has a great interface to access Google Data, this is one of the most easiest ways to implement Google Data API using PHP, in this short how-to i will explain how to authenticate, read and write information from/into your Google Calendar, Zend Framework Documentation has great examples on this. On this first part of this how-to i will explain how-to:

  1. Authenticate on Google Calendar
  2. List all your calendars
  3. Create a new Calendar

I will assume that you are already familiarized with the Zend Framework, and the project is already set up, meaning, include path’s and all extra work.

First let’s include the needed packages into our code:

require_once 'Zend/Gdata.php';
require_once 'Zend/Loader.php';
//Let's enable autoload, ZF handles this nicely

In order to communicate with your Google Calendar, you need first to Authenticate, and there are 3 ways you can use to authenticate: ClientAuth, AuthSub and MagicCookie, you can read the details of each on the Zend Framework Documentation page, on my quick how-to i will use the ClientAuth method.

Authenticating on Google Calendar

* Please define your Email and Password for Google Accounts access
require_once 'Zend/Gdata.php';
require_once 'Zend/Loader.php';
//Let's enable autoload, ZF handles this nicely
// Parameters for ClientAuth authentication
$service = Zend_Gdata_Calendar::AUTH_SERVICE_NAME;
$client = Zend_Gdata_ClientLogin::getHttpClient($myEmail, $myPass, $service);

Now that we have the authenticated client instance, we are able to interact with Google Calendar. The first action that i do, is to verify if the Calendar i want to write on, exists, if not, i create a new calendar.

Listing calendars and creating a new Calendar

* Lets create the Service instance, to interact with Google Data Api
$service = new Zend_Gdata_Calendar($client);
$calendarName = 'My Calendar ZF Example';
$useCalendarFeed = FALSE;
try {
// Let's get the calendar list from Google calendar API
$listFeed= $service-&gt;getCalendarListFeed();
} catch (Zend_Gdata_App_Exception $e) {
echo "Error: " . $e-&gt;getMessage();
* Need to run through all the array to search for our calendar name
* Calendar Listing Feed is available on $listFeed variable
foreach ($listFeed as $calendar) {
if($calendar-&gt;title == $calendarName)
$useCalendarFeed = $calendar-&gt;content-&gt;src;
* If we have not found the calendar we want to use,
* we need to create a new one
if(FALSE === $useCalendarFeed)
$appCal = $service-&gt;newListEntry();
$appCal-&gt;title = $service-&gt;newTitle($calendarName);
$own_cal = "";
$service-&gt;insertEvent($appCal, $own_cal);
* Need to grab the Google Calendar feed again, with the newly inserted calendar
* We'll need the refreshed feed in order to get the newly added calendar ID in order
* to add the event into the created calendar
try {
$listFeed= $service-&gt;getCalendarListFeed();
} catch (Zend_Gdata_App_Exception $e) {
echo "Error: " . $e-&gt;getMessage();

If you go to your Google Calendar account a new calendar named “My Calendar ZF Example” was created.

You can download all the code from my Google Code Repository – Zend Framework Google Calendar Example 1/2.

Hope this helped, on the next how-to i will explain how to create events in your newly created calendar.

Nov 26 2009

Create RESTful Application Using the Zend Framework

Sudheer just release and article on, how to create a RESTful Application using the Zend Framework.

The article enumerates the following steps:

  1. Adding the Zend_Rest_Route in the bootstrap
  2. Creating the Zend_Rest_Controller
  3. Testing the RESTful server using curl

Read the article on Create RESTful Applications Using The Zend Framework.

Nov 25 2009

Zend Framework TextMate Bundle

Ryan, from Ybits blog, launched last month a Zend Framework TextMate Bundle, just got the time to test it right now. Let me tell you, is a productivity improvement tool.

It comes with a group of handy shortcuts.

  • zfdump|TAB| : Gives you the Zend_Debug::dump(dump); exit();
  • zfc|TAB| : Creates the full class for a brand new Zend Controller Action class for the Controller class
  • zfm|TAB| : Creates the full class for a brand new Zend_Db_Table_Abstract class, used as Model on MVC.

This are only a couple of example of useful shortcuts that the bundle comes with.

How to install the bundle ?

  1. Read the documentation over at Ybits blog
  2. Watch the Screencast
  3. Download the bundle
  4. Uncompress the bundle
  5. Copy the bundle folder into /YOUR_TEXTMATE_FOLDER/Contents/SharedSupport/Bundles/Zend-Framework.tmbundle
  6. Go to TextMate and Bundles > Bundle Editor > Reload Bundles

Enjoy the fun.