Five PHP Frameworks All PHP Developers Should Know About


PHP (which stands for PHP Hypertext Preprocessor) is considered to be one of the most popular programming languages and the most popular server-side scripting language. It is one of most frequently used website coding languages and uses syntax that is similar to the C language. As with all popular programming languages, there are a vast variety of PHP frameworks available. Developers use frameworks to provide a more structured natural way of development, speed up development and to help provide well-organized, reusable and maintainable code. The following are seven frameworks that all PHP developers should know about:



Only released in 2011, Laravel is a relatively new PHP framework which is believed to be the most popular framework among developers. On the official website Laravel offers Laracasts (screencast tutorials) which facilitate with learning the PHP framework. Common tasks such as authentication, routing, sessions and caching are made easy with Laravel. It also includes a local development environment called Homestead that is a packaged Vagrant box.

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First released in 2005, CakePHP is one of the most popular PHP Frameworks out there. When used correctly it can offer applications a high-level of security. Input validation, SQL injection prevention, XSS (cross-site scripting) prevention and CSRF (cross-site request forgery) protection are amongst the many built in security functions that CakePHP offers.

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The Symfony PHP framework is primarily used in the creation and maintenance of your web applications. Symfony Components are reusable PHP libraries that you can use to complete different tasks with; such as form creation, object configuration, routing, authentication, templating, and many others. These components can be rapidly integrated into your application, combined with a clear methodology to help you work both efficiently and effectively on the most complex tasks.

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This lean and agile PHP framework is favourable as it lightweight, requires minimal configuration and does not have restrictive coding rules. CodeIgniter offers simple solutions to complex application requirements. It was built for developers who require a simple, yet elegant toolkit to build fully-featured web applications. This PHP framework offers a rich set of libraries for commonly needed tasks and runs exceptionally fast, as its core system only requires a few small libraries, with additional libraries loaded dynamically upon requests, based on your needs for a given process. It also the addition third-party plugins if you need more complicated functionalities.

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Zend Framework

Zend is an open-source PHP framework that is both robust and stable. It is typically not recommended for smaller projects but works excellently for larger complex ones. The components in the standard library form a powerful an extensible framework when combined, offering a robust, high-performance MVC implementation. Zend has a modular base which allows the use of building blocks in combination with other applications or frameworks. It is easy to adapt the framework to your needs making it very extensible.





May 2, 2017