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Top 4 PHP Frameworks for Agile Application Development

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Top 4 PHP Frameworks for Agile Application Development

For those who utitlize PHP in your HTML, here are some examples of Agile frameworks with the necessary bells and whistles.

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Before we proceed, let us first understand what Agile development is. Agile is a software development method where development is divided into sprints, and each sprint will have agreed functions/modules that will be developed. After a sprint is done, it can be given to the client and changes from that sprint will be taken over in the next sprint, and the same process carries on until the final delivery. What is it that is driving companies to change to Agile methodology? Agile methodology makes development faster, which reduces the development cost. Functions and modules from each sprint can be checked thoroughly and effectively, making it easier for the client to go through the sprint and ask for changes on each stage rather than asking for changes after the entire product is developed as it is done in some other methods.

Now that we know what Agile methodology is, let's identify the qualities that a framework needs so that it can be used under Agile Application Development. Some of those qualities include:

  • Less coding,

  • Faster development by using reusable parts of code,

  • Low configuration changes,

  • Easy installation,

  • A simple migration mechanism,

  • Security,

  • Good documentation, and

  • Forums/community online content that can be used by developers.

1. Laravel

Laravel is built by using some Symfony components, which ensures that code is reliable. This framework uses Eloquent ORM, a simple routing mechanism, easy to integrate third-party libraries, composer, or packages can be used to integrate plugins which removes the burden from developers of where the files have to be placed under the directory as the composer itself places the plugin files under the respective folders. Queue in laravel can be used to run long running tasks in background. It has tools that are needed to build large applications as well as enterprise applications.

2. CakePHP

CakePHP can be used to build applications very quickly; it has a bake feature which generates the code and hence reduces the development time. Not much configuration is required as it comes with a database configuration file wherein developers can just give the credentials and start working. Translations and caching are built-in features. Components like Auth, Session and Helpers like Form can be used, and by using these, developer will be reusing the code that’s already written. It has naming conventions which help keep the files in a particular format. CakePHP comes as a secured package as it handles form tampering, SQL injections, and cross-site scripting internally as inbuilt features of CakePHP. CakePHP includes well formatted documentation which developers can easily refer to to get things done.

 3. Zend

The Zend framework is an object-oriented framework and uses many OOPS concepts which makes the code reusable. ZendService can be used to execute complex logic to access web services. We can load only the components that are needed and treat them as individual libraries. It has a vast set of components like Zend_Auth   for authentication and Zend_Feed to read RSS feed. By using these components, a developer can reduce the time to code as he need not code the lines which actually do that work. Zend framework has good documentation and a community that can help the developer.

 4. CodeIgniter

CodeIgniter uses the MVC design pattern which separates the code of business logic and view logic. It has a good set of inbuilt libraries and helpers. It requires no installation; one can simply copy and paste the folder and we are ready to work. During initialization, it automatically unsets global variables and turns off the magic_quotes_runtime  directive, making the framework secure. Like other frameworks, CodeIgniter has its own database statements like create, update, delete, etc. Finally, Codeigniter has excellent documentation.

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