A failed symfony

This weekend I wanted to try the symfony project. They offer a “My first symfony project” tutorial together with a special download (symfony sandbox), which should contain all required libraries. Well, that is not completely true, as Pear must be installed. After installing Pear I was able to request the “congratulations page” and to do the scaffolding part of the tutorial. But the framework was slow, really slow (it took around 5-6 seconds to display these simple pages). Although they write in the readme file that the dev environment is slower than the default environment, it is a little bit too slow for me ;-)

Anyway, there was no forthcoming for me due to problems with accessing the database. Symfony could not open the SQLite database. So I tried to switch to MySQL, and changed the database configuration in config/databases.yml. But for some reason symfony still generated code for SQLite. And so I gave up ;-)

Even though I will give it another try with the default installation.



  1. anonymous coward, jk :-)
    Posted March 8, 2006 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    the problem with sql-lite is a permission issue, chmod 777 the data folder and all should be well. obviously this is not a solution for a true production environment.

    the coding issue is probably because you need to set the database in the sf_sandbox/config/database.yml.

  2. Posted March 30, 2006 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    clearly – a framework having problems with such basic things like database access is failing.

  3. anonymous symfonian
    Posted April 6, 2006 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Firstly, symfony doesn’t introduce its own orm but comes with propel as default. pear dependency issue is actually related to phing library which is being used by the propel-generator commands. 5-6 seconds of page loading was because of the paranoid yaml parsing in development environment which is not an issue anymore with 0.6.1 (now only a configuration file-modification triggers parsing, not every request). And a relatively young framework with ever growing community interest and support is clearly a success.

  4. recent comparison
    Posted May 4, 2006 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    I recently spent a couple days with each framework and selected symfony. Yes, its installation is a pain and you need to get used to propel/yaml/etc but I believe it’s better than CakePHP for the professional development of large applications.

  5. worksforme
    Posted May 11, 2006 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    And works for others:

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