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We are about to start a big new project, and it's time to look after the best MVC PHP framework currently available on the market. We don't only need a strong and stable framework, but also a framework that do have a future.
What is, today, the best framework available ? Zend ? CakePHP ? Code Igniter ? Which one do you use and why do you think this is the best ?
Is it better to use an existing framework or to develop our own ?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts !
Zend seems to have the largest number of plugin type classes, such as things to connect to Google or Amazon APIs. One thing missing in CI is a form builder, so if building forms matters to your project, you may want to pick a different framework.
Zend requires PHP 5, the others also run on PHP 4. That may imply that Cake and CI don't take advantage of the new features of PHP 5 or spend a lot of energy on backporting. IMHO it's a bit silly to still support PHP 4 by now.
As for the future: Zend and CI are built by companies, whereas Cake is a community project. That seems to result in Cake releasing new minor versions every week or so, where the others only release major new versions once in a while. Difficult to predict who will live longer, company or community project.