Basic concepts of Jifty
to build some website with Jifty, you need to construct an application. An application is something like a "world" in which your templates plus all the logic behind live. Every application is independent of all other applications.
every application has a configuration file named
etc/config.yml. This config file is controlling the overall behavior of your application.
for every application you may use a different server that drives the application's pages.
an application has a database schema that minimally consists of some session-specific tables. The schema consists of tables, that are constructed (or updated) automatically based on model-specified requirements.
the logic behind your application is encapsulated in action classes. An action includes form definitions, form handling, error-checking and much more.
if you intend to use a database to store data, you define models. Every model defines data structures and other database related things that will automatically get updated into the database schema.
based on models, actions and an optional dispatcher the behavior of your application is defined. The behavior may vary from page to page and even depend on the current user.
HTML::Masonas the templating engine to render its templates. A comprehensive Manual about all Mason commands can be found at http://www.masonhq.com/docs/manual.
The building blocks of Jifty visualized.