Customer Relationship Management applications (CRMs) have been around for some time. We could argue a lot about their advantages and disadvantages when comparing them to each other. In this series, we’ll take a look at the database behind one popular open-source CRM: SuiteCRM. We will also show how to install everything we need. In upcoming articles, we’ll organize the data model and see how it reacts to changes made on the user interface.
How often have you wondered about the structure of an existing database? It could be a 5-year-old legacy system or a brand-new open-source project. Let’s take a look at the ERD diagram of the database behind the most famous content management system: WordPress. What Is WordPress and How Does It Work? WordPress is an open-source CMS (content management system) that was initially released in 2003. It started out as a blogging platform, but it has developed so much that today it can be used for almost anything.
It often happens that if something is loved, it is also hated with the same power. The idea of object relational mapping fits into this concept perfectly. You will definitely come across many opposite points and fierce discussions as well as unwavering advocates and haters. So if you have ever asked whether to use ORM or not, the answer “it depends” will not be enough. What Is an Object-Relational Mapping (ORM)?
When you start working with data in an application, you may need to use an object-relational mapper (ORM), a layer between the database and application. For PHP the two most frequently used ORM’s are Doctrine and Propel. That’s why I decided to compare the main features of Doctrine in version 2.4.7 and Propel in version 2.0. At this point, I must strongly emphasize that this article is not to indicate which ORM is better and should be used.
Propel is a popular ORM (Object-Relational Mapping) library for PHP. Recently, the Vertabelo team started to develop VertabeloPropel, a tool which converts your Vertabelo models into Propel’s schema xml. If you want to try using Propel with Vertabelo to develop a simple PHP MySQL application, here is how to do it. The following example uses Composer, a PHP tool for handling project dependencies. Set up Your Project Create the file composer.
If you use Propel, you can now generate a Propel schema file from a database model created in Vertabelo. Propel is a popular ORM (Object-Relational Mapping) library for PHP. In Propel, the datamodel structure is described by a special schema XML file. From this schema Propel generates PHP object model classes which Propel uses to represent rows in your tables. VertabeloPropel is a PHP script which converts a Vertabelo XML file into Propel’s schema.
How to Develop a PHP/MySQL Web Application for Mobile Customers Using Vertabelo and Other Cloud Services
I’m gonna show you how to develop a simple web application. From database design to deployment and finally some front end development. Everything will be made in the cloud. There will be no need to install anything on your laptop. Sounds like late night TV commercials? But it’s not :). Database Design Let’s start with the database design: Log in to Vertabelo. Sign up if you don’t have an account yet (you can use a free trial).