Infoworld has awarded Zend Framework a “Bossie,” naming ZF one of the top 10 open source application development tools of 2010.
The Zend Framework, from the creators of the PHP runtime, combines a business-friendly open source license with a set of high-quality, object-oriented component libraries for building serious Web applications. The loosely coupled components extend from authentication and session management to Web services and APIs to the popular Web 2.0 sites, and they include everything in between. You’ll also find components for the MVC (model-view-controller) design pattern and “RAD” tools to generate your project structure and populate it with MVC components, but you’re never locked in. You can take it just as much as you need and leave the rest.
I agree that ZF’s “use at will” architecture provides major benefits. Last week I helped a client set up a SOAP client and server using Zend_Soap_Client and Zend_Soap_Server, all from within a normal PHP script. While I normally do use ZF’s full MVC architecture, it’s not required.
Congratulations to Zend Framework!