Why Power Your PHP Investment With Zend Framework
Zend Framework, the open-source PHP framework, is a comprehensive catalogue of enterprise-grade web application templates and features that lets you build interactive web applications and web services. Zend Technologies is the company behind Zend Engine, the very core of PHP. So, Zend Framework is practically from the makers of PHP, and that’s reason enough to choose this Framework for your PHP application development. Developers also believe that using Zend Framework is a better approach than writing code from scratch, on your own. Here’s why:
1. Open-source and Well-documented
Zend Framework has advantage of being an open source package which clearly means it has the strong backing from a large community of developers. Is also has a comprehensive documentation of more than 500 pages in 6 languages. You can easily find the reference guide as well as a set of routines and tools for building software applications (API). There are several unofficial Zend Framework forums online, like Stack Overflow, where developers post about the latest update, tricks and articles that help solve a problem. And when it comes to certifications, Zend offers what is probably the best-structured and targeted certification program in the industry today. From fundamentals and advanced courses designed for experienced PHP programmers to integrated packages with hands-on exercises, there’s a certification for everything with Zend.
2. MVC Components for a cleaner code
Model View Controller architectural pattern helps isolate the business logic from user interface. Zend Framework also implements the front controller pattern.
Models represent your data structures, usually by interfacing with the database.
Views contain page templates and output.
Controllers handle page requests and bind everything together.
This kind of separation results in a more maintainable code.
3. Loosely coupled— Use-at-will architecture
The Zend Framework comes with component library that allows you to choose one or a subset of component available within the framework. You’re never forced to use more than what you actually need; if you wish to use only the PDF library you can pick that without using other components of the framework. This is what we call the use-at-will architecture. However there are certain components that depend on each other example the Date Picker library requires Zend Form component.
Also, the numbers of components is steadily growing, making the Zend Framework a vast library. More choice, more possibilities!
4. Less code, faster application development
Since most of the components are ready for use, you practically spend no time setting up the initial application structure. The execution time for your PHP application is reduced and performance is increased.You will not have to download and install third party libraries (like jQuery or date picker or etc.,) as it comes by default with Zend Framework.
5. Efficient Caching system
The Zend Framework provides a generic method to cache any data. You have a variety of caching techniques that you simply have to activate to have a faster output for your application.
6. Quality control
The Zend Framework is well-reputed for the quality of its code. All components have about 80% to 90% of coverage and give you enough freedom to customize or extend these components. What’s more, when you do extend components, you can use the readily available testing tool (PHPUnit) to testyour component.This especially comes in handy for ongoing development in big projects that have many people working on it. It’s just not practical to manually test every single component of an application after it’s been modified. Instead, use the PHPUnit to automate the testing.
7. Improved Security approaches
Manually using input and output filtering functions to protect your application can get tiring and you may forget about them every once in a while. With Zend framework, most of the work can be done for you automatically.
o SQL injection, authentication, session management security & Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF)
o Input validation filtering
o XSS (Cross Site Scripting) protection.
8. Quick look at Zend Framework alongside Core PHP
Let’s say you have a brief for an enterprise application, here’s how it would turn out if you use Zend Framework and Core PHP to develop the same application:
At Gaja Digital, as a team of certified Zend Engineers, we have built several applications using Zend Framework and it has turned out to be a great choice us. If you’d like to know more about the Zend Framework and how it could complement your business investment, do feel free to get in touch. We’ll be happy to chat with you.
Vivek Govindarajan | Zend PHP Certified Expert &
Maleva Robert | Blogger