p. Dear Reader,
p. It is said that all great art is derivative. This is true with programming and apparently blogging as well.
p. The crew over at “phpit.net”:http://www.phpit.net have built upon the work of others. Starting with the list of over 40 frameworks for PHP development at “phpwact.org”:http://www.phpwact.org/php/mvc_frameworks they have taken the 10 most popular frameworks and built their own “chart”:http://www.phpit.net/article/ten-different-php-frameworks/. (Oh, and they actually review them too but do we ever look beyond the pretty graphics?)
p. While their reviews are not in-dept, I would have killed to have a list like this 6 months ago when I was working with a team trying to decide which framework to build our next project on. (We didn’t actually make a decision but we did vote “Prado”:http://www.xisc.com/ as “Framework with the cutest mascot”. and btw howdy to my homies over at jupiterhosting.com!) Since picking a framework is a very personal and often religious experience no review is going to give you everything you need. The guys at phpit.net do a good job of narrowing the list to 10 and then giving you just enough information to decide whether it’s worth a look.
p. A personal note to all developers who read this. Most of you will look at this list, dismiss them all and then decide you want to build your own framework. When you do, please remember this; Rails analogies are getting as tiresome as coffee analogies were in the late 90’s. PHP doesn’t need another project with a cute name that makes you think it is like Rails. Let’s be bold, step out on our own, come up with a new metaphor. How about “PHP on 4-Wheelers” as a framework project? The slogan? “No Rails Needed”. (I don’t know how technically sound it is but I can see it on a T-Shirt!)
p. Until next time,