InfoWorld review: Fabulous PHP frameworks

Zend Framework, Symfony, CodeIgniter, CakePHP, and other PHP frameworks conquer Web development with extensive features, powerful tools, and superior ease

By Rick Grehan, InfoWorld |  Development, PHP

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.

Consequently, it would be reasonable for a developer embarking on a new website construction project to select PHP as the site's primary building material. It would not be reasonable, however, for that developer to assemble the project from scratch. A PHP-based website usually requires more than PHP code. There's HTML for the page layout, CSS for its style, SQL for its back-end database, and JavaScript for client-side responsiveness. That's quite a fray to jump into unarmed.

[ Also on InfoWorld: See InfoWorld's review on eight PHP power tools | Follow the latest issues in software development with InfoWorld's Developer World newsletter. ]

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.


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