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PHPMaster.com: Web Routing in PHP with Aura.Router

Note: This article was originally published at PHPDeveloper on 18 June 2012.
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On PHPMaster.com today there's a new tutorial showing how to route your web requests with the Aura.Router component from the AuraPHP component framework.

Everyone is interested in SEO-friendly, REST-style URLs. Apache can do URL routing via mod_rewrite rules, but it's hard and error prone. Why not use PHP itself to handle routing instead? Aura is a independent collection of libraries for PHP 5.4 brought to you by Paul M Jones. Here we are going to introduce you Aura.Router. Aura.Router is a simple and easy web routing library for PHP. In this article you will learn how to create routes which are SEO-friendly, REST-style URLs with the help of PHP.

He walks you through the download and install of the Aura.Router component (separate from the framework) and how to set up the mod_rewrite rules to work with it and a front controller. He includes some code for a basic usage, showing the mapping of a default route and more complex routes with named parameters. He also shows how to use the "match" method to find the route that was matched and how to dispatch/hand off the routing to a controller.