Overwrite ezcMvcController - A bit more rapid

ezComponents gets Mvc in its 2008.2 version. I have played around a bit with the alpha version, since I am currently searching for a good framework for a high performance application. My first benchmarks on ezcMvc just say: wh000pie! A lot faster as compared to the Zend Framework. Still ezcMvc is VERY loosely coupled and you have to write lots of lines to get where ZF gets you with less (more magic involved). As you can see from the tutorial on the ezcMvcTools component it is currently a bit unwieldily to work with ezcMvcController since you have to create and return result objects everywhere. This is very nice since it abstracts from the actual response type (could be www, mail, cli, anything). I have created a very little extension of the ezcMvcController class that hopefully serves you quite some time. You can append variables to the ezcMvcResult object by calling the magic __get and __set on the controller. Plus it offers a method to use the ezcMvcInternalRedirect instead of the result. See for yourself:

class myController extends ezcMvcController
{
    protected $result;

    public function createResult()
    {
        $actionMethod = $this->createActionMethodName();

        if ( method_exists( $this, $actionMethod ) ) {
            $status = $this->$actionMethod();
            if($status != 0) {
                $this->getResult()->status = $status;
            }
            return $this->getResult();
        } else {
            throw new ezcMvcActionNotFoundException( $this->action );
        }
    }

    protected function _redirect($uri)
    {
        $request = clone $this->request;
        $request->uri = $uri;
        $this->result = new ezcMvcInternalRedirect($request);
    }

    public function __get($name)
    {
        if(isset($this->getResult()->variables[$name])) {
            return $this->getResult()->variables[$name];
        }
        return null;
    }

    public function __set($name, $value)
    {
        $this->getResult()->variables[$name] = $value;
    }

    public function __isset($name)
    {
        return isset($this->getResult()->variables[$name]);
    }

    protected function getResult()
    {
        if($this->result === null) {
            $this->result = new ezcMvcResult();
        }
        return $this->result;
    }
}

You can now use a controller in the following way:

class dashboardController extends myController
{
    public function doIndex()
    {
        $this->cookie = "Cookie!"; // Proxy to $ezcMvcResult->variables['cookie']
    }

    public function doRedirect()
    {
        $this->_redirect("/");
    }
}

Very nice! The next thing I have to extend in ezcMvc is automagical matching of controller and action names to view output names with a special View Handler that takes care of this. This saves another bunch of work you have to cope with in the current standard setup.

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