If you use php and you've not explored PEAR yet, I advise you to do so.
It's basically a "PHP Extension and Application Repository", hence the acronym.
I've been using php for near on a decade and i've only just started using PEAR - it can really speed up your development and in my head, it makes everything "a bit like RAILS" but without all the MVC structure. It's seriously worth a look at, particularly the DataObjects, FormBuilder, and other such things. Take a look through the PEAR package list, it's worth a look.
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