PHP MVC Best Practices: Zend 2

Zend Framework 2 is used for developing Web applications (especially enterprise application development) using PHP 5.3+. It uses complete object-oriented code and uses most of the newly developed features of PHP 5.3, including namespaces, lambda functions and closures, and late static binding. This framework is the latest stable version of the original Zend Framework, which can be called one of the strongest PHP MVC frameworks available. While the names are similar, this second version of the framework is inherently different than its predecessor since Zend 2 has been completely rewritten.

The structure of the framework is one of a kind since each component is made with little reliance on other components. This structure and object-oriented design allow developers to use whatever components they’d like to, something that’s known as a “use at will” design. This can let developers create complex Web applications easily. It’s been well received by the developer community with well-known companies having embraced the framework for their important applications.

Some Zend 2 Features

Zend 2 can be used in a variety of ways including with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Developers are able to get information from Amazon.com directly through the AWS API. Developers can store product information like images, pricing, and descriptions, and they can also retrieve reviews, offers, and ListMania lists. Zend 2 applications can also be set up with LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) and can also support load balancing if necessary. The framework can also work with elastic applications like Amazon’s Elastic Beanstalk.

Using Zend 2

Zend Framework 2 was released in August of 2010, with the first fully stable version coming out a month later. Based on the nature of the framework, there is a rather substantial learning curve, which may prove to be a problem for PHP MVC beginners. This mainly has to do with Zend’s rules, naming conventions, and guidelines. If these issues can be resolved, developers will see how much easier applications are to understand within the framework.

If unsure about Zend 2 and whether or not it’ll be good for a given project, developers can test the framework through the Zend Developer Cloud. Developers can set up a sample app using Zend 2 and start fiddling with it through this system. This can be done through phpcloud.com.

To sum It up, while there are a number of PHP MVC platforms for developers to work with, Zend framework 2 has a lot to offer in the way of features and general development. The best practices regarding PHP MVC platforms are dependent on an individual developer’s skill set and the individual project’s specifications. But in terms of Zend 2, it seems to be the best fit for important enterprise software.

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