January 26, 2011, 11:10 AM — The website development world is not ruled exclusively by PHP, but PHP's extensive use as a Web development language is undeniable. Although good statistics are difficult to come by, the trends.builtwith.com site places PHP's Web-wide use at approximately 35% -- first among Web development languages and platforms.
Happily, you can arm yourself with one of the PHP-based Web development frameworks covered in this article. In the following pages, I'll look closely at the Zend Framework, CodeIgniter, CakePHP, and Symfony. I'll also give quick overviews of Qcodo, Lithium, Seagull, and Yii. All are open source frameworks, and all implement to one degree or another the MVC (model view controller) architecture pattern. In addition, all purport to help you build a more scalable and more easily maintainable Web application than you could otherwise create from scratch and, most importantly, do so in less time.