Zend Framework for developing Web Application using PHP

There are many frameworks for developing web applications using PHP. CodeIgniter, CakePHP, Symphony and more.. I’ve not much experience in all the frameworks. I’ve a good experience in using CodeIgniter and some small MVC frameworks.

Recently I am Working on Zend Framework .  I noticed Zend Framework is a nice framework to develop web application. Zend finally give special notice to develop a very good framework. And I hope very soon, Zend Framework will lead among all. I found this framework is very essential and powerful.


What is Zend Framework?

  1. Zend Framework is a simple, straightforward, open-source software framework for PHP 5 designed to eliminate the tedious details of coding and let you focus on the big picture.
  2. It follows Model-View-Controller (MVC)
  3. ZF follows good coding-convention.

Documentation is really rich. Its not take much time to grasp a basic concept of this framework to develop application. Because there is quick start, api documentation, component based documentation. Overall I rate 10 out of 10 grade in documentation.

Goals of Zend Framework Components:

  1. Zend_Acl

    Zend_Acl provides lightweight and flexible access control list (ACL) functionality and privileges management.

  2. Zend_Auth

    Zend_Auth provides an API for authentication and includes concrete authentication adapters for common use case scenarios, as well as “Identity 2.0″ adapters such as OpenID and Microsoft InfoCard.

  3. Zend_Cache

    Zend_Cache provides a flexible approach toward caching data, including support for tagging, manipulating, iterating, and removing subsets.

  4. Zend_Config

    Zend_Config simplifies the use of configuration data for web applications.

  5. Zend_Controller and Zend_View

    These components provide the infrastructure for a Model-View-Controller (MVC) website.

  6. Zend_Date

    Zend_Date offers a detailed but simple API for manipulating dates and times.

  7. Zend_Db

    This is a lightweight database access layer, providing an interface to PDO and other database extensions in PHP. It includes adapters for each database driver, a query profiler, and an API to construct most SELECT statements.

  8. Zend_Db_Table

    The Zend_Db_Table component is a lightweight solution for object-oriented programming with databases.

  9. Zend_Feed

    This component provides a very simple way to work with live syndicated feeds.

  10. Zend_Filter and Zend_Validate

    These components encourage the development of secure websites by providing the basic tools necessary for input filtering and validation.

  11. Zend_Filter_Input

    This is a configurable solution for declaring and enforcing filtering and validation rules. This component serves as a “cage” for input data, so they are available to your application only after being validated.

  12. Zend_Form

    This component provides an object-oriented interface for building forms, complete with input filtering and rendering capabilities.

  13. Zend_Gdata (Zend Google Data Client)

    The Google Data APIs provide read/write access to such services hosted at google.com as Spreadsheets, Calendar, Blogger, and CodeSearch.

  14. Zend_Http_Client

    This component provides a client for the HTTP protocol, without requiring any PHP extensions. It drives our web services components.

  15. Zend_Json

    Easily convert PHP structures into JSON and vice-versa for use in AJAX-enabled applications.

  16. Zend_Layout

    Easily provide sitewide layouts for your MVC applications.

  17. Zend_Loader

    Load files, classes, and resources dynamically in your PHP application.

  18. Zend_Locale

    Zend_Locale is the Framework’s answer to the question, “How can the same application be used around the whole world?” This component is the foundation of Zend_Date, Zend_Translate, and others.

  19. Zend_Log

    Log data to the console, flat files, or a database. Its no-frills, simple, procedural API reduces the hassle of logging to one line of code and is perfect for cron jobs and error logs.

  20. Zend_Mail and Zend_Mime

    Almost every Internet application needs to send email. Zend_Mail, assisted by Zend_Mime, creates email messages and sends them.

  21. Zend_Measure

    Using Zend_Measure, you can convert measurements into different units of the same type. They can be added, subtracted, and compared against each other.

  22. Zend_Memory

    Zend_Memory offers an API for managing data in a limited memory mode. A PHP developer can create a Zend_Memory object to store and access large amounts of data, which would exceed the memory usage limits imposed by some PHP environments.

  23. Zend_Pdf

    Portable Document Format (PDF) from Adobe is the de facto standard for cross-platform rich documents. Now, PHP applications can create or read PDF documents on the fly, without the need to call utilities from the shell, depend on PHP extensions, or pay licensing fees. Zend_Pdf can even modify existing PDF documents.

  24. Zend_Registry

    The registry is a container for storing objects and values in the application space. By storing an object or value in the registry, the same object or value is always available throughout your application for the lifetime of the request. This mechanism is often an acceptable alternative to using global variables.

  25. Zend_Rest_Client and Zend_Rest_Server

    REST Web Services use service-specific XML formats. These ad-hoc standards mean that the manner for accessing a REST web service is different for each service. REST web services typically use URL parameters (GET data) or path information for requesting data and POST data for sending data.

  26. Zend_Search_Lucene

    The Apache Lucene engine is a powerful, feature-rich Java search engine that is flexible about document storage and supports many complex query types. Zend_Search_Lucene is a port of this engine written entirely in PHP 5.

  27. Zend_Service: Akismet, Amazon, Audioscrobbler, Delicious, Flickr, Nirvanix, Simpy, StrikeIron and Yahoo!

    Web services are important to the PHP developer creating the next generation of mashups and composite applications. The Zend Framework provides wrappers for service APIs from major providers to make it as simple as possible to use those web services from your PHP application.

  28. Zend_Session

    Zend_Session helps manage and preserve session data across multiple page requests by the same client.

  29. Zend_Translate

    The Zend_Translate component provides the Zend Framework with message translation functionality.

  30. Zend_Uri

    Zend_Uri is a component that aids in manipulating and validating Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs). Zend_Uri exists primarily to service other components such as Zend_Http_Client but is also useful as a standalone utility.

  31. Zend_XmlRpc

    Zend_XmlRpc makes it easy to communicate with and create XML-RPC services from PHP.

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