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Super-charged view helpers

The more I use Zend Framework, the more I love it.  Most everything has a well-defined job, the jobs don't really overlap, and the functional units are small and nicely objectified.  Except view helpers.

These beasts can get unweidly fast.  Just today, I wrote this chatty line:

Painless Zend Form decorators

Headline, 2008: Zend_Form decoration a pain, says lead Zend developer.  Three years later, googling for "Zend_Form decorator help" produces no shortage of questions, complaints, and outright rants against Zend_Form decorators. Seriously, no other part of Zend seems less loved than form decorators.

All the bitchin' and moanin' seems rooted in two problems: the default use of definition lists and the lack of an easy way to override those defaults.

Spatial searches with Zend_Search_Lucene

The situation: I have a database of businesses, each with a name, product, and physical address.  The goal: Using Zend_Search_Lucene, I want to find all businesses selling a certain product within a certain distance from my current location.

In a hurry?  Skip the explanations and go right to the final code.

I need a few things to meet this goal:

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