I've been on a project with a buddy who is leading us with Middleman. We are coding in HAML and SASS and he's obviously a Ruby Dev. I'd like to know if there's ANY type of equivalent for PHP? I'm going to eventually lead a team and I'm much more comfortable with PHP than Ruby.
I'd like to have a layout file (like Zend's layout file)
I'd like to...at one command, convert all of the source files from PHP to static HTML and place those static files in a 'build' folder so we can hand it over to the client.
Anyone know of some cool things out there to make this happen? Thanks a bunch!
A project I work on, www.findbigmail.com, was written completely in PHP to start with and then I did some Ruby/Rails work for a different project, and coming back to PHP was a grind. After using HAML, SCSS and other wonderful things like CSS and JS minify, oh and Compass to build sprites, it was painful to go back to PHP and work again in PHP files with embedded HTML etc.
So, driven by pure slothfulness, I looked around and found MiddleManApp (MM) - after a couple of side trips along the way.
Our site performance has jumped hugely (doh, now its all static html), and its poised to take another jump when the next MiddleMan version comes out with its improved cache-busting abilities inherited from the Rails 3.1 asset pipeline. E.g. we'll be able to reference
main.css in our source scripts (which itself is made up of sub-scss files like
_pricing.scss) and it will be built with references to
main-2348jlk23489kdj.css -- allowing us to set the server to cache for a year and/or deploy many more files to CDN.
Our engineering performance is way up too. We're no longer reluctant to touch UI code for fear of introducing a syntax error into the PHP code. And no more mismatched HTML tags to cause grief. The other PHP developer wasn't familiar with the Ruby/Rails derived toolchain, but has quickly become proficient (though he is a rockstar developer, so that's not too surprising!)
I hope this helps! Happy to explain more.
There is one for PHP called Piecrust.
I ended up choosing Middleman for the bundled coffeescript, sass, etc., but Piecrust is well done.
PHP can render static HTML from PHP code quite easily:
Easiest way to convert a PHP page to static HTML page
Generate HTML Static Pages from Dynamic Php Pages
PHP - How to programmatically bake out static HTML file?
You could wire up something with existing template systems like Twig or use PHP Markdown to more or less mimic what Middleman is doing and create static HTML pages from your source files.
EDIT: As Hari K T mentioned above, http://www.phrozn.info/en/ does exactly this.