PHP is one of the most popular open source server side scripting language in the world. The reason behind its popularity is, it is very easy to learn and understand. PHP is more flexible when it comes to writing code because of its features like, weakly typed variables, OOP is not a mandatory.
However, there is a bad side of all this flexibility, it is very easy to write bad code. And the solution to this problem is FRAMEWORK.
There are many benefits of using a framework;
- Organization of code is very easy as most the frameworks follow MVC pattern
- Most of the frameworks have active community support.
- Faster development
- Form validation
- Pretty URLS
In this post, we are going to go over 5 most popular frameworks in PHP community.
Created by Taylor Otwell, Laravel is one the most popular framework. It is one of the most forked project framework on github with very active community support. Laravel’s features include RESTful routing, Blade templating engine, Eloquent ORM, Socialite, Middlewares etc.
Codeigniter was released in 2006, it is a lightweight PHP framework that comes with unparalled flexibilty and extraordinary documentation. This is the best framework for beginners as it is very easy to understand and learn.
Symfony is known as one of the best option for large scale enterprise applications. Licensed under MIT license, it was created by Sensiolabs in 2005. Symfony components are used by many popular open source projects including Drupal, PHPbb and Laravel.
CakePHP was initially in 2005 and is one of the most popular framework till date. some of the features of CakePHP are code generation and scaffolding, CSRF protection, form validations, built-in ORM, Helpers, Behaviours, and Plug-ins etc.
Yii is a open source PHP framework that follows the MVC pattern. It comes bundled with tons of features that include, a powerful caching system, form validations, integrated with jQuery, and AJAX-enabled features etc.