10 reasons to use Zend Framework

10 reasons to use Zend Framework

Zend Framework, better known as ZF, has brought tremendous changes in a PHP developer’s world. As opposed to the traditional website development platforms, Zend allows creation of robust PHP based solutions and web applications. Today, Zend is one of the most popular web development framework used across the globe to create interactive and powerful websites, and it’s not without good reason. There are a good number of beneficial features that aids a programmer to code better. They include:

1.       Extended classes

ZF is a completely object oriented platform and consequently uses lot of OO (object oriented) concepts including interfaces and inheritance. This allows the developer to extend its components to a good extent. Further, this helps developers in implementing their own versions/variations of     each individual component without hacking into the codebase. Customizations such as this bring uniqueness to each project.

2.       The goodness of object orientation

When working in a Zend framework, everything needs to be seen and used as an object. However, this also has its set of disadvantages such as making the coding more complicated. However, it does provide the upper hand by making the codes reusable. However, seldom do developers repeat their code and this makes it a good choice.

3.       Focus on just what you require and forget everything else

Going by the design, Zend is a simple collection of classes. In every ZF project, you would see that the Zend MVC components are being used. However, in other cases, you can just load required components. The Zend platform is quite decoupled, offering each component as an individual library, instead of being a framework as a whole. Developers working in ZF must have heard about glue framework. This actually refers to the decoupled nature of ZF and its ability to be “glued” to existing applications.

4.       Does a lot many things

Zend integrates a lot of components ranging from user authentication to controlling access to resources. Similarly, it is easy to integrate RSS feeds and create forms.

5.       No model implementation

This is both the reason that some developers don’t use Zend framework and some others love it. Lack of model implementation provides developers the flexibility of using any element to achieve the end result. There are no restraints holding back the already complicated implementation.

6.       Integrate ZF with anything

The decoupled nature of ZF makes its suitable to integrate external libraries to be used in the platform. For example, developers planning to use Smarty as their template can simple integrate a wrapping class with Zend_View_Abstract, which in turn uses Smarty to render.

7.       Standards and guidelines

Every contributor should sign a Contribute License Agreement (CLA) and each code must adhere to generalized Coding Standards. This makes every code highly qualitative, tested and readable.

8.       Test driven development practice

Developers are required to write tests for their codes to make it easier to exchange codes, refactor, create input/output whitelist and think of potential use cases.

9.       Documentation and Community

Due to the high complexity, ZF integrates a steep learning curve. However, documentation and an all pervasive community makes it easier for learners to understand the platform.

10.   Certifications

Finally, ZF is perhaps one of the few platforms that offer both Zend Framework Certification and PHP Certification. This will certainly motivate young and emerging developers to take up training and certification exams that will help build their portfolio.

Top 5 PHP frameworks

Top 5 PHP frameworks

Top 5 PHP frameworks

PHP has been one of the most celebrated web developing platforms across the globe. According to a survey by W3Techs, about 82% of the web servers use PHP at their backend to deliver a highly efficient and interactive experience to end users. The advantages of PHP lie in HTML on the front end supported by database integration capabilities. It is easy to learn and delivers super fast results while protecting the integrity of the design from all kinds of errors including XSS attacks, SQL injections and lot more. The popularity of PHP has led to several new frameworks being developed. Here are the top 5 PHP frameworks that every developer should use in 2015:

1.       CakePHP 3.0

A contemporary web development framework, CakePHP 3.0 is loaded with several unique features that include improved session management, enhanced helpers and components, ORM improvements, improved convention consistency and much more. The framework has also been integrated with an increased modularity that allows a vast standalone library ably supported by reduced coupling. Further, for a web developer, tools like PSR-0, PSR-1 and other composers are ammunition to achieve interoperability and efficiency.

2.       Phalcon

Phalcon is arguably the fastest among all existing PHP frameworks. To be implemented as an extension of C, Phalcon operates by low consumption of resources. The top features of this framework include security, translations, universal auto loader, assets management and several others. Web developers can use the Phalcon PHP framework to develop fully fledged MVC applications across single modules, multi modules and other micro applications.

3.       Laravel

Another recent and exciting addition to the top PHP frameworks is Laravel. This framework is equipped with several dozens of unique features including light weight tempting engine, native PHP and RESTful routing among others. Laravel has been developed using a variety of Symfony components and would be a strong foundation of well tested and reliable coding. Some other features that are worth mentioning about Laravel include the unique ORM, the simple authentication, a painless routing and a powerful and vast queue library.

4.       Symfony 2

Now upgraded to the 2.0 version, Symfony is a popular PHP framework that is used by developers worldwide to create amazing websites and web applications. Symfony 2.0 has been build using top components like Ez Publish, phpBB and Drupal. The framework is built and supported by more than 300,000 on-board developers and this has resulted in massive downloads crossing the mark of 1,000,000. Symfony further has more than a thousand contributors and an equally vast community of fans. It is expected that Symfony will soon grow to become the largest PHP framework ever used.

5.       Codeigniter

Codeigniter helps keep it simple but that’s where the efficiency lies. Any developer looking for a simple, easy to use and elegant PHP toolkit, Codeigniter is a definite solution. The framework has been behind some of the most eye-catching web applications. Some unique features of Codeigniter include a zero use of template language, zero restrictive rules of coding, standard hosting compatibility, simple monolithic libraries and close to zero configurations.

Using these 5 PHP frameworks, you as a developer can easily build a website or web application with awesome features within a very short duration. It is indeed difficult to choose the best framework because it all depends on your application requirements.

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