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Advantages of Using PHP Code Generators for Beginners

written by: nain•edited by: Linda Richter•updated: 3/26/2010

A look at what PHP code generators are, what they can do, how easy and useful they can be and consideration of their time saving abilities.

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    Are Code Generators Good or Bad?

    The question of using php code generators is one that crops up time and time again, and with so many on the market it would seem that generating code in this manner has become an accepted method of creating code and access to databases.

    The more popular code generators offer a range of facilities that not only enable the experienced user to facilitate a more efficient manner of working, but can be so simple to use that beginners can find development a much less daunting and worrysome prospect, even when knowledge of php or MySQL is limited to the very basic elements.

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    What Do Code Generators Do?

    A php code generator enables the user to create pages in full, and to help manage and edit databases with greater ease and in less time, plus to use the search and sort, and adding and deleting facilities in a database with much greater ease.

    Features are many and varied – lets have a look at a few to get an idea of what a code generator can do:

    The repetitive input of code can be a time consuming part of web development – code generators create this code – notably the add, edit and delete, functions, plus search and view and many others – thus eliminating repetition, and saving a great deal of time in the process.

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    They're Easy to Use

    Code generators are well-developed tools, and are usually supplied as easy to use routines that even the uninitiated can understand. The better packages utilize ‘wizard’ style methods, involving prompts that take the user down a prescribed and easy to follow route.

    Code can be generated to undertake complex sorting of date, be it in descending order or ascending order, giving the user great flexibility of use, plus there are usually many more detailed search facilities within the package that allow greater and more individual analysis.

    Validation systems can be incorporated, too, and results can be fully tailored to the requirements of the user in many different ways. Templates can be altered and amended using code generators, and scripts will be ensured to be properly validated and to link in the correct manner, with no loose ends.

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    Other Ways They Can Help

    Further, the ability to select individual information sources – just the required fields – and full security functions, and save and reuse facilities are among the prescribed and useful abilities of many code generators.

    There are many different php code generators available to users and developers alike, some of which are ‘official’ packages and others that are open source individually designed tools that have been created with like-minded users in mind.

    The beauty of the code generator is the ability to cut down on repeating the same code over and over again – often necessary for even the simplest tasks – while ensuring that all loose ends will be correctly tied and script perfect in its execution.

    Code generators have become an aid to web development – and management – considered helpful and time saving in the modern age.