Latest PHP frameworks in 2014?


PHP Framework ? Yes, it is great tool build your next awesome application. Choosing a framework for application is the basic thing which matters a lot. Recently there are various framework launched to you’re your work short and simple, flexibility to extend and give you choice to add customise features into it.

There are various frameworks with lot features but very hard to quick start, due to documentation, hard to understand, messy syntax etc. Framework must be easy, simple syntax, enjoyable and provides good performance. Not putting extra pain on developers where it takes more time for developers to understand how really framework works and how to implement. I would say until you get interest on work you won't be able to do it better. Consider your client want the product in short duration, and for understanding the framework unless you are already expert in the framework, will take lot time.

Framework should be simple, professional yet powerful. Isn't it?

I comes many post in PHP groups, communities people are searching "Which is the Best Framework in PHP?". I would say don't waste your time, pick any framework which you feel comfortable and move on. Framework can't make you best developer, it can only provide you the base to get done some job. Unless you have very good understanding of the language you won't be able to write good software, not matter framework is best of not.

Below are couple of latest frameworks which has great features in it, can have a look into.

Phalcon -

Phalcon is open source, full stack php framework for php 5. It optimized to give high performance. Though it is written in C-extension you don’t need to learn or use c-language. You are ready to fly with php classes.

Cygnite PHP Framework-

Cygnite Framework is fresh start, build on some proven foundations. After two alpha release, the framework was completely re-designed to make much more efficient as released v1.3. It is very simple in structure, better learning curve, create project, out of box configuration. It is among my favorite new framework getting ready for next release. Below are core features of Cygnite:

i. Very simple yet powerful. MVC compliant, easy to learn and with good performance. You should try it sometime soon!

ii. Composer powered.

iii. Cygnite Framework provides various routing patterns. Write your restful api or create application, it is ready to go.

iv. It is builds on proven software Symfony2 components. (Symfony2 console, twig, swift mailer etc.)

v. Use native php or beautiful "twig" template engine to separate logic from your view page. You will just love it.

vi. Cygnite Framework now with better error handler in it's core, which makes your development error free.

vii. Cygnite console allow you to generate simple crud operations, paginations etc. just with single line of command.

viii. Form builder, validation is so easy and expressive.

ix. Build your schema on the fly and also allow you do migrations.

x. Active records style insert, update, delete, select, dynamic finders, model events.

xi.Swift Mailer support, Authx, Thumbnail component. Shipped with sample code and .htaccess which allows you SEO friendly url.

xii. Coming with better dependency injection container, use services for your application.

Get ready to build your next awesome application with Cygnite.

Nette Framework–

Nette Framework is a modern php framework with fully object oriented design. It supports ajax, kiss, mvc/mvp and flexibility.

PHPixie –

PHPixie is lightweight mvc framework for php. It is designed to be fast, easy to learn. It is originally fork of kohonaframework.

Apart from above latest frameworks,

CodeIgniter is one the good framework which I used for around 2 years, but it no longer upgraded.

Symfony2 is most decoupled framework and extensible, better oop design patterns, doctrine supports. It is awesome php framework. The main thing which attracts me is “use full-stack framework or use it components”. It has strong proven community support and huge code base which supports you to go for enterprise level applications.

Yii framework has good oop design patterns and activerecord support. Another good framework I used so far.

Laravel4 has become more popular in last year. It has clean structure and code. But almost 70% of the core built on symfony2 components.

Zend2 is better for enterprise development. It is little difficult to start for entry level programmers. It has huge codebase, and slow in performer.


Choosing a framework is not tough, but make sure you are choosing a framework which powered by Composer. Pick any of the framework in which you are comfortable and also framework which supports latest PHP features (Min 5.3), start building your application. Hope this article informative. Please share with friends and leave comments below.

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