The initial goal of Zend Framework was to help make PHP a more mature language and as such ease its adoption, especially among enterprise developers. The use of a framework brings discipline to coding and productivity to developers. Since its inception two generations of Zend Framework have met tremendous success and are backing today some of the most business critical PHP applications in the Enterprise.
But like any language PHP is evolving and with it so are the different technologies, , development paradigms and best practices and developer needs .
The world of Web and Mobile development is in constant flux and a great framework must evolve. The PHP ecosystem is undergoing an exciting “renaissance” with the emergence of massive changes in the last few years. Today tools like Composer are simplifying dependencies management. API-driven architectures are becoming the norm. PHP 7 includes a set of great enhancements at the runtime level. Tools like Vagrant, Puppet, Docker have changed developers’ development and deployment processes.
The Zend Framework team took all that into consideration and announced today the next generation PHP framework: Zend Framework 3.
The new Zend Framework 3 will embrace new paradigms and patterns and with that make it more productive for all developers – beginners and advanced developers alike. The new framework will focus on component based development. It will deliver a middleware solution and be fully optimized for PHP 7.
Zend Framework 3 is all about simplicity, reusability and performance.