The Trend is Zend … in PHP

February 9, 2010

zend framework logo


People ask me from time to time, what PHP framework is the best one to learn?

Well, I always look at technology choices with two things in mind:

  1. How capable is the technology?
  2. How accepted is the technology?

If you look around, it becomes pretty clear, that if you want to learn an effective web application framework, you want to learn the Zend Framework – indeed, the trend is with Zend.

Zend framework being used by companies large and small

I know from first-nerd experience that the Zend Framework is being widely adopted. Just recently for example, Intuit and the BBC have implemented new web apps that are Zend Framework based.

… I know because my good buddy Jon Lebensold of Zendcasts helped build one of them.

There are plenty of other examples out there I’m sure … and I am confident that the trend will continue towards the adoption of the Zend Framework. With the PHP company (Zend) and IBM behind it … it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure that one out.

Thanks for reading,

Stefan Mischook

4 Responses

  1. Stefan Mischook Author February 10, 2010 at 1:56 am

    A final point I failed to mention in the article, if you are looking to develop marketable PHP skills, the Zend Framework is your best choice to shoot for.


  2. WC Author February 10, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Our fairly small company just got on board with the Zend Framework as well. It’s been pretty great.

  3. Benchekroun Author February 13, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    What about Symfony and codeigniter ?

    I know companies that move from Zend to symfony. i know it’s not an argument but you used the same argument earlier.

    I think symfony is pretty good as well and can integrate Zend.

    What do you think ?

  4. Stefan Mischook Author February 14, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I know that the Zend people are using Symfony’s ORM – Doctrine.

    My argument goes way beyond ‘companies are using Zend’ … I don’t need to rewrite that again.

    That said, I am sure other frameworks are getting some traction; my point is that I am also certain that Zend is getting a lot more.


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