Month: October 2013

ZendX jQuery Date Picker Easy Tutorial

Learn the ZendX jQuery Date Picker: If you are of medium intelligence and are not well inclined to convoluted and unfathomable examples of the use of ZendX then please be my guest and read: The Most Unfathomable Manual Zend

But if you are from earth i have constructed this tutorial to help you implement the jQuery Datepicker in you Zend Forms.

ZendX jQuery Date Picker Easy Tutorial

1. ZendX stands for Zend Extra, I think. it is used to integrate jQuery. You need to download the zend full library (not the minimal)

2. Then either copy the Extras/Library/ZendX folder to you included library in PHP, or just add the extras folder to the PHP.ini - includes path.

3. If you are using the library throughout the application (which is the only method I am using), if you know the other method please add it in the comments.
Add the following to the Bootstap.php::_initViewhelpers()

function _initViewHelpers()
$view = new Zend_View();

$viewRenderer = new Zend_Controller_Action_Helper_ViewRenderer();

$layout = $this->getResource('layout');
$view = $layout->getView();

$view->headMeta()->appendHttpEquiv('Content-Type', 'text/html;charset=utf-8');
$view->headTitle()->setSeparator(' - ');
$view->headTitle('ZendX Example');

4. Enable the layout: zf enable layout

5. Make the layout.phtml as follows:

headTitle() . PHP_EOL;
echo $this->jQuery() . PHP_EOL;

layout()->content; ?>

6. Create a form: zf create form Datepicker

7. Add this code to the form:

class Application_Form_Datepicker extends ZendX_JQuery_Form
public function init()
$textElement = new ZendX_JQuery_Form_Element_DatePicker('dtPicker', array("label" => $textLabel." (yyyy-mm-dd)"));
'changeMonth'=> true,
'changeYear'=> true
array('UiWidgetElement', array('tag' => '')),
array('HtmlTag', array('tag' => 'div', 'class'=>'span-11 last')),
array('Label', array('tag' => 'div', 'class'=>'span-5 clear'))

8. Make sure the form extends ZendX_JQuery_Form

9. in the Controller::Action

$form = new Application_Form_Datepicker();
$this->view->form = $form;

10. End Result:


[SOLVED] Uncaught exception ‘Zend_Application_Bootstrap_Exception’ with message ‘Resource matching “layout” not found’ in

After enabling the layout with:

zf enable layout

If you are getting this Error, most likely you are using the following code in Bootstrap.php:


Uncaught exception 'Zend_Application_Bootstrap_Exception' with message 'Resource matching "layout" not found' in

It cannot find the resource so it is throwing a fatal error


in you application.ini:

add the following lines:

resources.layout.layout = "layout"
resources.layout.layoutPath = APPLICATION_PATH "/layouts/scripts"

This effectively registers the layout resource