PHP is the language of choice for web development with almost 80% of all the existing websites breathing on PHP code. It would have been next to impossible to create such a huge web footprint by developing web applications using raw PHP Development code from scratch. It is the power of PHP frameworks that has fueled such a massive growth.
PHP frameworks boost the programming process. They help to write and structurize code, make it easy to comply MVC and to scale projects. Thus, there is no denying the fact that right PHP framework is the only way to implement development successfully.
What is Framework?
PHP is a most scripting language from the last few years because of pre-build flexibility, ease-of-use structure code that allows you to spend more time on creating an actual website instead of spending time on repetitive code.
CakePHP is one of the frameworks to follow in 2014. They are about to release a stable version 3.0 to the public. CakePHP makes building web applications easier, faster, and requires less code. It enabled to use code generation and scaffolding features to rapidly build prototypes. No additional XML or YAML file configuration is required, just setup your database and you are ready to bake. CakePHP is licensed under the MIT license which makes it perfect for use in common applications.
2. Yii Framework
Yii is the fast, secure and professional PHP Framework. It is a high-performance PHP framework best for developing Web 2.0 applications. Yii Comes with rich features: MVC, DAO/ActiveRecord, I18N, caching, authentication and role-based access control, scaffolding, testing, open source, high performing
Symfony Components are reusable PHP libraries that you can complete different tasks with, such as form creation, object configuration, routing, authentication, templating, and many others. You can install any of the Components with the Composer PHP dependency manager. The website of Symfony has a cool showcase section where you can take a peek at the projects developers accomplished with the help of this handy framework.
Zend is yet other outstanding PHP framework. Tt is exceptionally innovative, secure, and offers a flexible framework that coders require to build web applications. Over the years, Zend Framework 1 and 2 have been used in major enterprise projects. As an open-source framework, this framework process calls for using the object-based code for web applications development. When combined with strong standard library mechanism, Zend offers towering performance with MVC implementation, proving to be an influential & flexible framework.
MVC implementation in Zend Framework has five main areas. The router and dispatcher functions to decided which controller to run based on data from URL, and controller functions in combination with the model and view to develop and create the final web page.
Laravel is the most prominent and best PHP frameworks in comparison with the other frameworks. Although, it is relatively a new framework but it has become the most important PHP framework because of its fantastic features which are helpful for the rapid application development process.
Laravel light-weight templating engine called “BLADE” helps in the repeated tasks such as:
- RESTful Routing
CodeIgniter is not strictly based on the MVC development pattern. Using Controller classes is a must, but Models and Views are optional, and you can use your own coding and naming conventions, evidence that CodeIgniter gives great freedom to developers. If you download it, you’ll see it’s only about 2MB, so it’s a lean framework, but it allows you to add third-party plugins if you need more complicated functionalities.
Phalcon is another modern framework and my personal favorite. Phalcon framework is built for speed, it is a PHP extension written in C and arguably the fastest PHP framework available as of today. Even though it is an extension written in C, it is full stack MVC framework and offers most of the modern features like routing, controllers, view templates, query language, Caching and ORM etc.The framework beats all other frameworks by margins in performance, is easy to learn, brings in all features to develop web applications of any size and complexity, and PHP developers are loving it.
- Reduced overhead typical of MVC based apps
- Boosts execution speed
- Reduced resource usage
- Universal auto loader, security and asset management
- Well documented and easy to use
Slim, a light-weight micro framework of PHP, suitable for small to medium PHP websites. Slim was created in an inspiration of Ruby microframework called “Sinatra”
The framework is used for the development of RESTFul API’s and services. The good features of this framework include Client-side HTTP Caching, URL routing, session and cookie routing, supports flash messages across HTTP request.