PHP is the world’s most popular scripting language for many different reasons – flexibility, ease-of-use, among others – but often times coding in PHP, or any language for that matter, can get rather monotonous and repetitive. That’s where a PHP framework can help.
PHP frameworks help to promote rapid application development (RAD), which saves you time, helps build more stable applications, and reduces the amount of repetitive coding for developers.
Reusing code across similar projects will save the developer a substantial amount of time and effort.
Best PHP Frameworks?
There is a great debate about what the best PHP frameworks are, because the simple fact is that not every framework is built for everyone. Here’s a quick rundown of five of the best and most popular choices right now:
Create, Edit, Publish, Archive articles posts or blogs
- Add / Edit events into an Event Calendar
- Add / Edit Inventory (products), description, product specifications, prices, photos, etc.
- Enter, Edit, or View orders and print packing slips and invoices
- View reports and statistics site data
- Create and Edit system for users that have different permission levels to different section(s) of the above administration.
The Zend Framework:
Zend Framework 2 is an open source framework for developing web applications and services using PHP 5.3+. Zend Framework 2 uses 100% object-oriented code and utilizes most of the new features of PHP 5.3, namely namespaces,
late static binding, lambda functions and closures.
Zend is referred to as “The PHP Company”. Zend is one of, if not, the most popular PHP frameworks available today. It has robust features that are built for corporate-level development, and it requires an extensive knowledge of PHP.
CakePHP is a great choice for beginners to advanced PHP developers. It’s based on the same principles that Ruby on Rails is designed around, and it’s heavily focused on rapid development – making it a great framework to be used for rapid application development. Its rapidly growing support system, simplicity, and scalability make CakePHP one of the most popular PHP frameworks available today.
CakePHP started in April 2005, when a Polish programmer Michal Tatarynowicz wrote a minimal version of a Rapid Application Framework in PHP, dubbing it Cake.
Symfony is aimed more at advanced developers who’s main objective is to create enterprise-level applications – most notably Askeet and Yahoo! Bookmarks. This open source PHP framework is full of features and can do it all, but its main downfall is that it is a bit slower than other frameworks.
Symfony manages its releases through a time-based model; a new Symfony release comes out every six months: one in May and one in November.
Codelgniter is well-known for its ease-of-use, performance and speed. Unlike Symfony, this PHP framework is ideal for shared hosting accounts or for when you want a framework with a small footprint. It offers simple solutions, and has an extensive library of video tutorials, forums, a user guide and wiki available for support. Beginners should consider using Codelgniter.
The first public version of Codeigniter was released on February 28, 2006, and the latest stable version 2.2.1 was released January 22, 2015
Advantages Of Using opensource Frameworks:
- Empowers Developers – by taking features that would have previously have taken 100’s of lines of code and compressing them into one simple function call empowers developers to integrate more complex features into their Web Sites.
- Allow for Quicker development of applications – this is very relevant for people that need websites created in a very small window (has anyone any examples of this?)
- Lower Costs – allows programmers to pass cost savings onto the customer, a whole new range of customers generated that wanted a website but previously could not afford the higher development costs.
A good PHP framework should enhance security, make web sites much easier to upgrade and must also significantly minimize the time it takes you to develop web sites and internet applications. Before structures appeared on the scene it was a challenge to continue top of all of the arising technologies for the web.