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Zend Framework

Zend Framework

Zend Framework is a simple, straightforward, open-source object-oriented software framework for PHP 5 designed to eliminate the tedious details of coding and let you focus on the big picture. This framework provides functionality for the 80% of the application code that is common across many applications, so you can focus on customizing the other 20% of your applications to satisfy your business requirements.

One of its strengths is the highly modular Model-View-Controller (MVC) design, making your code more reusable and easier to maintain.

Zend Framework was the winner of the Infoworld Bossie Award for 2010.

 ZF 2.3.1

Free to download


New BSD License

Zend Technologies


System Requirements
PHP 5.2.4 or higher
PHPUnit 3.0 or higher

Reference Guide, Wiki

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Features include:

  • Use-at-will architecture with loosely coupled components and minimal interdependencies
  • Extensible MVC implementation supporting layouts and PHP-based templates by default
  • ORM - Table and row data gateway and Doctrine 2.0 for Zend Framework 2.0
  • Support for multiple database systems and vendors, including MariaDB, MySQL, Oracle, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, SQLite, and Informix Dynamic Server
  • Email composition and delivery, retrieval via mbox, Maildir, POP3 and IMAP4
  • ACL-based security frameworks
  • Template frameworks
  • Flexible caching sub-system with support for many types of backends, such as memory or a file system
  • Form validation frameworks
  • All components are fully object-oriented PHP 5 and are E_STRICT compliant
  • Components:
    • Zend_Acl - provides lightweight and flexible access control list (ACL) functionality and privileges management
    • Zend_Auth - provides an API for authentication and includes concrete authentication adapters for common use case scenarios
    • Zend_Cache - provides a flexible approach toward caching data, including tagging, manipulating, iterating, and removing subsets
    • Zend_Console_Getopt - command-line PHP applications benefit from this convenient object-oriented interface for declaring, parsing, and reporting command-line arguments and options
    • Zend_Controller and Zend_View - provide the infrastructure for a Model-View-Controller website
    • Zend_Date - offers a detailed, but simple API for manipulating dates and times
    • Zend_Db - a lightweight database access layer, providing an interface to PDO and other database extensions in PHP
    • Zend_Db_Table - a lightweight solution for object-oriented programming with databases
    • Zend_Feed - provides a very simple way to work with live syndicated feeds
    • Zend_Filter / Zend_Validate
    • Zend_Filter_Input - a configurable solution for declaring and enforcing filtering and validation rules
    • Zend Google Data Client - provide read/write access to services hosted at, for example, Spreadsheets, Calendar, Blogger, and CodeSearch
    • Zend_Http_Client - provides a client for the HTTP protocol, without requiring any PHP extensions
    • Zend_Json - easily convert PHP structures into JSON and vice versa for use in AJAX-enabled applications
    • Zend_Loader - load files, classes, and resources dynamically in your PHP application
    • Zend_Locale
    • Zend_Log - log data to the console, flat files, or a database
    • Zend_Mail and Zend_Mime - creates email messages and sends them
    • Zend_Measure - convert measurements into different units of the same type
    • Zend_Memory - offers an API for managing data in a limited memory mode
    • Zend_Pdf - supports Adobe PDF file format
    • Zend_Registry - provides an object-oriented storage mechanism for application-global data
    • Zend_Rest_Client / Zend_Rest_Server - provides a simple, object oriented interface for consuming and providing XML-based REST web services
    • Zend_Search_Lucene - a port of the Apache Lucene Java search engine
    • Zend_Service: Akismet, Amazon, Audioscrobbler, Delicious, Flickr, Simpy, StrikeIron and Yahoo!
    • Zend_Session - helps manage and preserve session data across multiple page requests by the same client
    • Zend_Translate - provides the Zend Framework with message translation functionality
    • Zend_Uri - a component that aids in manipulating and validating Uniform Resource Identifiers
    • Zend_XmlRpc - communicate with and create XML-RPC services from PHP
  • Internationalization support

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