When and How to Use PHP Framework
There has been tremendous changes in framework technologies during the last couple of years. Over the decade certain frameworks in PHP like Phalcon, Laravel, Zend, Symphony and Codeignitor have become consequently better and bigger. Nowadays, they have become the leading tools for the developers who want to create applications at ease. ‘Framework’ is one of the most crucial skill set possessed by the developers of today. Lets have a look at some of the situations where you have to use a framework in PHP,
When coding and file organization have become an integral part of coding
Having an “/inc” folder with ‘functions.php’ doesn’t always confirms the organization of the code. By default every PHP framework comes with a certain type of folder structure. Developers are expected to follow these standards in order to keep things organized. But for the developers using vi this has become a major obstacle as there are numerous small files residing in it. However, with IDE and other code organizers it has become easier for them to search what they need and when they need.
Use of libraries and utilities
There are countless libraries provided by the PHP framework. But when it comes to building a website people are left with two options. Either they can write the entire code on their own else they go in search for third party libraries /codes. But preexisting PHP libraries provide better options like form validation, database abstraction, input/output filtering, cookies, session handling, etc..
Use of MVC structure
One of the most important aspect of programming in PHP is Model View Controller(MVC) . It was introduced into the PHP framework in 1979. Whereas in MVC models are represented as data structures interfered with the database. Multiple page layouts and templates are presented by views. On the other hand controller is the one that binds all these things together including page requests.
Need for better security
To protect the website against hacks and other type of attacks multiple input and output filtering options are provided by the PHP framework. However, it’s completely hard to handle all the website maintenance by a single developer. At times they feel tierd to execute the same set of tasks repeatedly. Certain frameworks like Codeignitor does the work automatically by filtering the values pressed to the database object , thus rescuing the entire set of code from SQL injection. In a similar manner user inputs are protected from XSS attacks and additional layer of security is added by encrypting the cookies.
When there is a need for faster development
PHP frameworks are used when there is a need to write lesser code for faster project development. The patience of the developers have always been tested by scripting. Once the learning curve of PHP has been crossed larger work can be done with minimum coding. For example, you doesn’t have to worry about the third party libraries or the possible bugs.
When the support from experts is needed
Being the most popular framework today , PHP attracts a wider audience who help each other at every step. Problems can be resolved under the guidance from the experts by means of mailing lists and message boards.
One of the greatest advantage of the PHP framework is the teamwork it facilitates. Work can be divided equally among the developers. Corresponding view part to the designers, modelling to database specialists and for reusable libraries and plugin to the programmers. Framework comes with special tool that allows unit tests to be carried out by a separate team. PHP frameworks have been continually improved and has given opportunities to the developers.
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