Global.asax file gives web developers great posibilities of handling the life-cycle of their web app. It is a common practice to take advantage of this file in ASP.NET applications. Now you can make use of it in a PHP web application too.
We’ve already demonstrated, how to use PHP scripts from within a .NET application using Phalanger. For reference you can take a look at PHP as a scripting language for C# article or Standard mode interoperability tutorial. In this way we can take an existing PHP web or a library, load them into C# context and reuse their functions, classes, constants or global variables. In addition we can even define new functions and classes in C# and inject them into PHP, so the code in PHP seamlessly uses these declarations as they would be declared in PHP too.
When creating .NET applications (including desktop and web applications), it may be useful to allow extending the application using some scripting language. The users of the application can write simple scripts to configure the application, modify how data is presented or write simple add-ins. In this article, we look how to use PHP as a scripting language. Continue reading
A few people asked how to run their web site on top of Phalanger without a need of installing Phalanger. This seems to be useful idea, since you may not be allowed to (or you just don’t want to) install any additional software on a target machine. Since Phalanger works like standard ASP.NET request handler and uses a little of standard .NET configurations, it is possible. And the new version of Phalanger (June 2011) makes it even easier to configure. Continue reading
Update: Latest benchmarks are depicted on Benchmarks page.
One of the reasons why you may be interested in using Phalanger is that you need to run your PHP applications faster. Phalanger is a PHP language compiler for .NET. It is almost fully compatible with PHP, and it also adds several useful extensions. It makes it easy to integrate PHP applications with .NET or ASP.NET and it adds better compile time checking, but we’ll write about these in some other article.
EDIT: This is detailed tutorial mainly for Windows. Now there is a package of WordPress with embedded Phalanger which is prepared both for .NET and Mono. You can download directly from http://wpdotnet.com
WordPress is an open-source content management system (CMS) built using PHP and MySQL. It’s one of the most frequently used solutions for blog publishing. In this article I describe how to compile this PHP application to .NET Framework 4.0 using Phalanger.
As an established open-source community project, Phalanger already has a discussion forum and an issue tracker. Today, we’re starting a new Wiki page for Phalanger and also this blog. Although we’re actively working on Phalanger, we didn’t have any way to easily share news and information about the development of Phalanger with the community. We’re hoping to change it with this blog. Continue reading