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Idiots guide to "frameworks"

 8:15 pm on Jul 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

We are currently outsourcing some development work for an application for our business and we have been recommended to ensure the programmers in question work within a framework (such as Zend).

I have looked on Google etc and have gotten technical explanations of what they are but can anyone articulate in idiot terms the benefits of coding within a framework rather than just using PHP, for example? What additional "things" do we get by using a framework?





 9:43 pm on Jul 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

- Not rebuilding the wheel - or paying for it to be rebuilt.
- Expandability of the application, though there's many things you won't use in Zend, you may need them someday.
- Standardization and portability of your application.
- Although PHP is not "OOP," you will have an application that is very OOP-like, avoiding procedural spaghetti code.
- As other programmers are brought into the game, they will understand the setup.
- When Zend is updated, so is your program.

Although I'll say, for extremely small apps, a framework is overkill, especially if you don't foresee it growing (mailer app, for ex.)


 6:08 am on Jul 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Fantastic thank you Rocknbil - the expandability and other programmers part were some of pre requisites so it makes sense!


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