Building a web app with PhalconPHP and AngularJS Part I

2 minutes • 2012-07-10 | php phalcon angularjs how-to 

There are ample frameworks on the Internet, most free, that a programmer can use to build a web application. Two of these frameworks are PhalconPHP and AngularJS.

I decided to use those two frameworks and build a simple application which will keep track of the Game Balls and Kick in the Balls awards of Harry Hog Football.

Harry Hog Football is a podcast that has been going strong since 2005, created by Redskins fans for Redskins Fans. (for those that do not know, Washington Redskins is a team on the National Football League in the USA).

Every week during the regular season, Aaron, Josh and John create a podcast, where they discuss the recent game, the injuries, the cuts, the new signings and they offer their Game Balls to the best players of the week as well as the Kick in the Balls awards for the ones that (according to the podcasters) ‘suck’.

I therefore created an application to record all those game balls and kick in the balls awards, so that we can all see, who is the most valuable player and who is the least valuable player for the Redskins throughout the years (the term valuable is used loosely here).

As a starting point I used the INVO application that PhalconPHP showcases as an easy application to get you started. I modified it significantly to address my needs, refactoring classes as much as possible to get the least amount of code with maximum usability.

After building the application, I listened to all the episodes I could find, and entered the game balls and kick in the balls in the database. The models use the Phalcon_Model_Base class to handle data, while the rest of the application is handled by the Phalcon_Controller (and view of course).

The data transfer between the application and the relevant sections is primarily handled by AngularJS, which is dominant in the view layer. AngularJS controllers handle menu creation, breadcrumbx as well as displaying results on screen.

Twitter’s Bootstrap CSS> is used to put the final touches for the application.

In subsequent posts I will explain each layer in turn, starting with PhalconPHP and continuing with AngularJS.

This of course is by no means the perfect implementation. It has been a fun project for me, working on it on my own free time. You are more than welcome to fork the project and make any modifications you need. For those that are interested in getting straight to the code, it is available on Github here.

NOTE: The Github repository contains code that works with nginx. If you are having problems with Apache, check the public/index.php - there is a note there for nginx (probably will need to remove it)


  • Nikolaos Dimopoulos

    Boldly goes where no other coder has gone before.... and other ramblings

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