The first detailed, unbiased comparison of the three leading PHP frameworks
Web developers have been eager for an impartial comparison of leading PHP frameworks so they can make educated decisions about the most effective tool for their needs. This guide uses Symfony, CakePHP, and Zend Framework to solve key problems, providing source code examples and comparisons for each. It explains the approach and reviews the similarities and differences in the three frameworks, providing reliable information on which to base your decisions.
- Symfony, CakePHP, and Zend Framework are considered the leading PHP frameworks; developers need an unbiased comparison to choose which one works best for their individual situations
- This guide uses each framework to solve the same problems, illustrating the solutions with source code examples and working applications
- Covers wide range of topics, from installation and configuration to most advanced features like AJAX, web services and automated testing.
- Includes an appendix of new PHP frameworks, including CodeIgniter, Lithium, and Agavi
- Bestselling PHP author Elizabeth Naramore serves as technical editor
Comparison of PHP Web Frameworks provides the impartial, side-by-side comparison that developers have been looking for.
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About the Author
Karol Przystalski, MSc, is Software Quality Engineer at Sabre Holdings and a PhD student at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. He has worked with Symfony since its earliest versions and has written a book about this framework.
Leszek Nowak has years of development experience with the CakePHP, CodeIgniter, and Django frameworks. He also works with 3D graphics and pattern recognition at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCING SYMFONY, CAKEPHP, AND ZEND FRAMEWORK 1
CHAPTER 2: GETTING STARTED 29
CHAPTER 3: WORKING WITH DATABASES 57
CHAPTER 4: YOUR FIRST APPLICATION IN THE THREE FRAMEWORKS 91
CHAPTER 5: FORMS 131
CHAPTER 6: MAILING 181
CHAPTER 7: SEARCHING 209
CHAPTER 8: SECURITY 229
CHAPTER 9: TEMPLATES 249
CHAPTER 10: AJAX 279
CHAPTER 11: MAKING PLUG-INS 315
CHAPTER 12: WEB SERVICES 327
CHAPTER 13: BACK END 355
CHAPTER 14: INTERNATIONALIZATION 371
CHAPTER 15: TESTING 393
CHAPTER 16: USER MANAGEMENT 429
CHAPTER 17: PERFORMANCE 477
CHAPTER 18: SUMMARY 485
APPENDIX A: WEB RESOURCES 493
APPENDIX B: CODEIGNITER, LITHIUM, AND AGAVI WITH CODE EXAMPLES 499
Glossary of Acronyms and Technical Terms 525