- Basic Concepts
- Files and Directory Layout
- Request Processing Overview
- The Application Object
- Generating a Response
- URL Handlers
- Filters and Layout
- Dependency Injection
- Static Resources
- Common Patterns
- Handling Logins
- Deploying Resources
- Asset Storage
- Handling Exceptions
- Dates and Times
- Record Streams
- Modules and Scaffolds
- Http Clients
- Toolkit Classes
- Introduction & Setup
- Creating a custard command
Request Processing Overview
Rhubarb answers requests from a client with a response. Determining which response and how that response is formatted is the job of the Rhubarb processing pipeline. Understanding the pipeline is an important step to understanding how Rhubarb's behaviour can be modified for your needs.
Step 1: Application is booted
vendor/rhubarbphp/rhubarb/platform folder there are a number of PHP scripts used to boot Rhubarb.
These files are the entry point of all requests to the Rhubarb engine. Sometimes called
'Front Controllers' the script called depends upon
the context of the request:
- Called by a webserver serving an HttpRequest to Rhubarb. The webserver must be instructed to route all requests to this PHP script with the exception of static files that can be served directlys.
- Called when executing a script from a terminal.
- Called as a bootstrap for PHP Unit when running unit tests for your application.
All three will boot the application by setting up the environment and then loading your main application configuration.
Stage 2: Application and Module registration
execute-http.php and execute-cli.php will try and load a Rhubarb Application object. The most common way
to support this is by creating an
app.config.php file in the settings folder which will define a Module for
the application and register it in a new Application instance. A module can return a list of dependant modules
which will also be registered.
All modules are resolved and registered before further execution as the registration order of the modules can be important.
Stage 3: Module initialisation
All modules will now be asked to initialise. Modules are initialised in reverse depth order - that is the module loaded furthest down the dependency chain is initialised first and then Rhubarb works backwards right up to the initial application module. This order allows modules to replace sections of its functionality e.g. changing UrlHandlers or database schemas.
Stage 4: Url Handler resolution (http requests only)
Modules can register a collection of UrlHandlers. One by one the UrlHandlers are compared with the incoming request and if suitable for that URL then the matching UrlHandler is asked to return a response for the request.
Stage 5: Response generation (http requests only)
UrlHandlers rarely (but occasionally) generate responses directly. Their primary function is to understand the URL and then configure a response generating class using whatever settings might be appropriate for the URL.
Stage 6: Response filtering (http requests only)
Modules can also register response filters which each in turn have an opportunity to process the response before it is returned to the client. Surrounding generated HTML using the LayoutFilter is the most common example of response filtering.