PHP Frameworks – Laravell V’s Zend  

In computer programming, frameworks are software based abstractions that supply functionality for developers to add user-written code if required and provide application specific software. However there are different types of frameworks that are analogous with various coding languages. PHP, originally an acronym for Personal Homepage that evolved to Hypertext Preprocessor, is a coding language that has many different frameworks – including Laravel and Zend. Their different features set them apart for the types of projects they serve, due to the alternative structures they provide. The comparison table further down, highlights the differences between these two frameworks and any other elements not mentioned are commonalities.




LARAVEL has syntax that is free form, can be tailored for your team and is therefore beautifully expressive for programmers that have artisan tendencies. It’s an effective way to load a PHP library and affords flexibility within experimental or bespoke projects.

ZEND is secure, adaptable, high performance, has a communal user base, is successful in high usage applications and is modular. Additionally, it has API’s (application program interface) and assists developers in coding faster.










LicenseMit LicenseBsd License
Memory Recommended1 Gb512 Mb
Database ModelRelationalObject Orientated
Template LanguageAccounts for Blade in Addition to Php, Smarty and Twig,Does not account for Blade in addition to Php, Smarty and Twig
Target AudienceWeb DevelopmentEnterprise
Development PrinciplesTest-driven development, No repetition, Configuration over conventionConfiguration over convention
Difficulty LevelRanges from Beginner to AdvancedAdvanced Master
Released Version5.02.0
Programming ParadigmFunctional, Event Driven, Object OrientatedEvent Driven, Object Orientated
Scripting Language SupportPhp & Amp; JavascriptPhp
Front EndPhpPhp & Javascript
Creation Date2011January 2006
Reliability5 Star4 Star
Conditional Compiled LanguageNoYes
Client/Server Code ReuseModel View Controller, Template Language, Web ServicesModel View Controller
Data StorageBerkeley Db, Relational Db, File SystemRelational Db, File System
Library File Size17Mb8Mb
Api Comprehensibility5 Star3 Star
Implementation Flexibility55%45%
Out of the Box Functionality46%54%
Community Feedback5 Star4 Star
Ease of Use5 Star3 Star
Uncompressed Size2Mb9Mb
Maven SupportNoYes
Resource File ProcessingYesNo
Partial ClassesYesNo
Javascript Library includedNoYes
Click and Edit in Place / WysiwygYesNo
Requests Per Second1001000
Easy to ConfigureYesNo
Supported by MicrosoftNoYes
Inbuilt CaptchaNoYes
Cloud Platform SupportGoogle App Engine, Amazon Ec2, Fortrabbit, Pagoda Box, Digital Ocean, Heroku, Linode, OpenshiftWindows Azure, Amazon Ec2, Heroku, Openshift
Email ProtocolSmtp, Imap, Pop3, Mailgun, MandrillImap, Pop3, Smtp
Design PatternActive-Record, Model-View-Controller, Dependency Injection, Observer, Singleton, Facade, Event-Driven, MtvDependency Injection, Model-View-Controller, Event-Driven, Data Mapper, Singleton, Active-Record
DatabaseSqlite, Mysql, Postgresql, Redis, Microsoft BiMicrosoft Bi, Mysql, Postgresql, Mariadb, Sqlite, Ibm Db2, Oracle, Mongodb



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Laravel provides developers with free expression enabling them to define their own paths by writing code that is less rigid than Zend – a framework that although adheres to a standardisation of structure, offers more security. The developer is responsible for defining the structure and document process, to create a structure unless it’s already predefined. Laravel is useful for a fun small scale project unless coding rules for artistic freedom are clarified for other developers working on larger sites. Zend provides efficiency for large scale projects as the template is more compliant with ease of use and has a more reliable infrastructure. However, overall Laravel seems to be surpassing Zend in pliancy and as such, provides developers with more coding options.

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