Zend Framework… Performance & Caching (part 2.1)
July 30, 2007 § 2 Comments
In my previous post (here), I promised you about performance of Zend Framework.
Unfortunately, I cannot give you the result yet. Because it is still work in progress.
So here is the low-down:
First of all, I’m researching (learning) about Zend_Cache, which consist front_end and back_end. Don’t worry about the mumbo jumbo just yet. The front_end is nothing more than helper functions that can help you optimized specific parts of your application code. The back_end utilize different types of medium Zend Framework use (as of version 1.0, there are 5 different choices of storage: filesystem, APC, SQLite, memcache, or ZendPlatform). ZendPlatform is not free.
The plan is to implement caching and run stress/load testing on both before and after-cache. Then I can publish the result here.
Currently, the front_end confuses me on how to utilize it… It promotes sloppy code. Or is it me not finding the good tutorial online?
Here is an example from Zend_Cache_Frontend_Output (<– it’s 1 of 4 front_end Cache objects):
(assuming $cache object has been initialized using the factory pattern)
[you block of PHP code]
How in the world does this promote elegance? I supposed it should be fine if I enforce its usage strictly on View pages. But still…
Another thought would be to cache all public functions inside model classes using Zend_Cache_Frontend_Function. It’s the cleanest, most seperated (because hidden inside model classes), & has the highest impact (because of caching database calls made by the functions).
(Brain starts steaming up…)
So now y’all know why I’m so late in giving the performance report. Stay tuned for more tips on how make your Zend application… “enterprise-level”