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Zend Leading Open Source PHP Framework

Posted · Category: BSD License, Framework


Zend Framework is a leading open-source PHP framework has a flexible architecture that lets you easily build modern web applications and web services. Zend Framework is based on simplicity, object-oriented best practices, corporate friendly licensing, and a rigorously tested agile codebase. Zend Framework is focused on building more secure, reliable, and modern Web 2.0 applications & web services.

Zend Framework provides a lightweight, loosely-coupled component library simplified to provide 4/5s of the functionality everyone needs and that lets you customize the other 20% to meet your specific business needs. By focusing on the most commonly needed functionality, they retain the simplified spirit of PHP programming, dramatically lower the learning curve, and your training costs – so developers get up-to-speed quickly. They do this with:

  • An extensible and well-tested code base – easy to augment
  • A flexible architecture – not locked-in to a rigid application structure
  • No configuration files necessary to get up and running – or when maintaining and deploying your apps

Requirements: PHP version of 5.1.4+
Demo: http://framework.zend.com
License: New BSD License

  • Mhm, my fav is CakePHP.

  • Matt

    This is a reason why I do not put very much weight on your articles… This is obviously a paid spot, and blatantly biased. It’s difficult to take the opinions of this site seriously when there are paid spots like this mixed in. How to tell which is paid, and which is an honest opinion?

  • Ray Cheung

    @ Matt

    This is not a paid post. All paid posts will be put under “Review” categories.

  • Gee


    Chill out buddy! The ZendFramwork is by far the most loosely
    coupled framework out there. I use cake, symfony, and rails.
    ZendF is going to become the main for php though.
    1). Do Not need CLI to create app
    2). Code is phenomenally clean
    3). Plugin architecure is much cleaner.
    4). Did I mention TRUE loose coupling

    Give it a try and then speak.

  • Hehe! Zf is a really good project. I use it from more than 8 months and love it!.
    Like Gee said “Give it a try and then speak” !!

    PS: For frenchy there is a good site: http://www.z-f.fr

  • Matt

    @Gee, @Mr.MoOx

    My comments were not about the framework, at all… Only about the intentions for the origination of the article, thats all.

    @Gee… I was not upset in my writing that comment. Am I not allowed to express my opinion on this site in regards to an article like everyone else?

  • Gee

    Yeah, I think you can say anything you want. My post has nothing to do with stoppppping u from doing that. I’m just saying; relax, chiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil.

  • Ritesh

    Every one is talking like they get extreme support from Zend. Sorry but even i am good programmer and i didn’t find anything helpful to start a good project with Zend Framework.

    Plight on this is there is no Book available. I am wondering how you guys are supporting a framework which is most non supportive ever in in the industry.

    What about their marketing. PHP is FREE so are most of the frameworks CAKE, symphony etc. Still we are preferring Zend. Anyways, i am not against Zend at all but there must be support for the framework, books, help manuals etc. don’t talk about zend manual its nothing but a marketing strategy.

    Think why PHP is so popular? Support and ease. Where does Zend Stands.

    How many projects are done in Zend and how many people knows it. Not everyone will be against a good framework but support factor kill everyone sometimes in critical situation.

    Also, how many people knows the framework. They want people to learn from them only @ $2200. Do you think developers in developing nation with high currency conversion rate can afford it. Simple guess NO. So eventually other frameworks will kill them and Zend will kill their marketing guys. It’s not always about making money but sharing what is developed. Think about Google’s success OR be as good as Mr. Bill Gates to lead from front otherwise you are gone.

  • Achi

    I’m going to have to agree with Ritesh. I’ve tried to pick up the Zend Framework several times, though each time I try, I find myself giving up in frustration due to the lack of documentation.

    Zend is in the market to make money, though then again, whose not? It’s just, as far as I can tell, they don’t have any direct easy to follow sources that walk you through on how to do anything. Perhaps I am not pro enough to learn the framework – I only have a year or two of PHP experience under my belt.

    If Zend is so great, please point to where I can learn it and master it without the constant frustration. Thanks! :)


  • Larry

    Having used both, I find Symfony significantly easier to use, more robust, more mature, with superior documentation, and vastly superior adoption and critical mass. The “M” part of MVC in ZF is a joke, and the “C” part offers endless complexity.

  • Do you know that Google and IBM support this framework?!
    I dont think so for Symfony…

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