Our group for cloud9living (www.cloud9living.com) is doing a rewrite in Phalcon. The sample application skeleton provided didn't accomodate all the features we wanted.
I've posted our implementation here: https://github.com/alanbarber111/cloud-phalcon-skeleton Would love some community feedback/opinions. Pretty new to Phalcon, but think you'll find it helpful.
Why should I use it?
- Better module loading system (through etc/modules/Module_Name.xml) --- no need to use the phaclon Module.php
- Multiple websites linked to the database
- Separate design directories for each website. The directories can also be setup to "fall back" from an override package to the default package (great for things like holiday skins, etc)
- Cloud-dev-tools for quickly creating models in the appropriate module --- adds a "generated" code block to your models so they aren't overwritten when you re-run the tool.
- Separate views/layouts from the rest of your code
- Autoload external libraries into one namespace
- Built in support for memcached sessions (using the memcached class from the phalcon incubator)
- Built in support for Redis sessions / cache (using phalcon incubator)
- Overriden front controller and init process (gutted Phalcon defaults)
- The ability to register event observers and module front names in the module configuration files.
- Built in support for a url rewriter / redirect (Just insert rows into coreurlrewrite)
- Caching service created on bootup, easy access with debugging
- Global access to entire application
- Option to "run" application or just boot it up (good for CLI stuff)
- Global registry via the Cloud static class
- Exception and error handling, with logging
- Provides configuration options for development, staging, and production
- Trait classes for models, singletons, and flexible data objects (from the magento Varien_Object)