If you are like me, you hate coding the basics, the add, delete, modify, view commands that are the basis of all applications, also known as CRUD (create, read, update and delete). It’s the first thing you do when creating an application, then you create your custom views, and forms. For me, its a keystone step in creating any application, and I hate it.
In walks PCG, the PHP Code Generator, which is CodeIgniter based. I have been using CodeIgniter for over a year now because I find it quite simple to use. PCG takes the simplicity one step further by allowing you to create the CRUD portion of you script in 5 easy steps:
Step 1: Settings
Simply Name your project (Website Title)
Give the URL (Must be a fully qualified domain name, IPs don’t work, I tried)
Supply your admin login and password
Step 2: Design
This is where you get to create your modules, it creates all the pages you need to complete the CRUM for each module.
Step 3: Deploy
The third step is extremely simple, it generates your site in seconds (may take longer depending on how many modules you have)
Step 4: Preview
Now its time to test it out, see how it works. Now visually it might not be what you want, but the point of a Code Generator is not to decorate your site, its to generate the backend code. You can add the styling to it late, but functionality is key.
Step 5: Download
Now you are ready to download the final product. However its not free (I have to be honest, sadly this is the only thing I didn’t like about the site) but the time you save is well worth the price when you look at it. If $5-7 saves you an hour worth of work, you could save your client a few $$$ or just add it to your profit. Below is the price table:
If its a bit too pricy for you, or you are just using it for personal use, you could get a free download for promoting the application, get the details here
For a full list of PCG’s features click here.