Views are individual web pages that are displayed within the web browser, mainly pages within the administration panel, member's area, and public web site. Apex has a very straight forward implementation of views, as described within this section.
All templates have a .tpl extension, are stored within the /views/tpl/ directory of the software, and named relative to the URI being displayed. For example, if viewing the page at http://localhost/admin/casino/bets, the software will look for and display the template located at /views/tpl/admin/casino/bets.tpl.
The only exception is the public web site, where location of the view is still relative to the URI being displayed, but located within the views/tpl/public/ directory. For example, if viewing the page at http://localhost/services, the software will display the view located at /views/tpl/public/services.tpl. If no .tpl file exists at the correct location, the 404.tpl view will be displayed in its place.
The .tpl files are simply standard HTML pages, which also support various special HTML tags to help make development more efficient and streamlined with cross-theme support. The special HTML tags are described later in this section.
There is a corresponding .php file for every .tpl file, located within the /views/php/ directory, and once again relative to the URI being displayed. For example, if the .tpl file at views/tpl/admin/casino/bets.tpl is being displayed, any PHP code found within /views/php/admin/casino/bets.php will be automatically executed to handle any specific actions for that individual view.
You must create all views via the apex.php script to ensure they are properly assigned to the correct package, and included with the package when publishing to a repository. To create a new view, within terminal type:
php apex.php create view URI PACKAGE
You need to specify the URI without .tpl extension, and the package you want the view included in during publication. For example, if developing a package called "casino", and you want to create a view at http://localhost/admin/casino/games, you would use:
php apex.php create view admin/casino/games casino
This would create blank view files at /views/tpl/admin/casino/games.tpl and /views/php/admin/casino/games.php, which you may modify as desired. The URI is immediately active, and will begin displaying the games.tpl upon visiting it.
Additional information regarding views can be found at the below links.