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Efficient EE Templating with DRY

May 09, 2012

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EE Podcast

A new episode of the EE Podcast is available for your listening pleasure!

For episode 68, John Rogerson returns to the podcast to share more tips on efficient ExpressionEngine development.

Episode #68

In DRY Techniques with EE, John explains the DRY principle and how it relates to ExpressionEngine development. Basically the goal is to have efficient templates, not only in terms of how you develop but also how they are processed by EE.

John details how he build his templates, separating data controllers (channel queries) from views (HTML), and then using only one embed per template. If you'd like to visualize the approach he discusses, he posted an example on GitHub.

As John mentions in the episode, he's the sole EE developer working on the sites for Sewanee: The University of the South. As an independent developer myself, I know how important good workflows and efficient techniques are for easier maintenance and faster development, so I'm considering his DRY template example for my next project.

Have a listen yourself!

Stay Tuned!

For our next episode, we were going to talk about my least favorite (as in most confusing) aspect of working with web sites: .htaccess and regular expressions. However, with this week's release of EE v2.5, a few folks from EllisLab are joining us to talk about the update!

Check out our schedule to see when the .htaccess topic will be re-scheduled, as well as the other topics we've lined up.

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