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.










License Mit License Bsd License
Memory Recommended 1 Gb 512 Mb
Database Model Relational Object Orientated
Trackback Conditional Operational
Template Language Accounts for Blade in Addition to Php, Smarty and Twig, Does not account for Blade in addition to Php, Smarty and Twig
Target Audience Web Development Enterprise
Development Principles Test-driven development, No repetition, Configuration over convention Configuration over convention
Difficulty Level Ranges from Beginner to Advanced Advanced Master
Released Version 5.0 2.0
Programming Paradigm Functional, Event Driven, Object Orientated Event Driven, Object Orientated
Scripting Language Support Php & Amp; Javascript Php
Front End Php Php & Javascript
Creation Date 2011 January 2006
Reliability 5 Star 4 Star
Conditional Compiled Language No Yes
Client/Server Code Reuse Model View Controller, Template Language, Web Services Model View Controller
Data Storage Berkeley Db, Relational Db, File System Relational Db, File System
Library File Size 17Mb 8Mb
Api Comprehensibility 5 Star 3 Star
Implementation Flexibility 55% 45%
Out of the Box Functionality 46% 54%
Realtime No Yes
Community Feedback 5 Star 4 Star
Ease of Use 5 Star 3 Star
Uncompressed Size 2Mb 9Mb
Maven Support No Yes
Resource File Processing Yes No
Partial Classes Yes No
Javascript Library included No Yes
Click and Edit in Place / Wysiwyg Yes No
Requests Per Second 100 1000
Modules/Extensions/Plug-Ins 8000 9999
Developers 205 0
Easy to Configure Yes No
Supported by Microsoft No Yes
Xss Yes No
Inbuilt Captcha No Yes
Cloud Platform Support Google App Engine, Amazon Ec2, Fortrabbit, Pagoda Box, Digital Ocean, Heroku, Linode, Openshift Windows Azure, Amazon Ec2, Heroku, Openshift
Email Protocol Smtp, Imap, Pop3, Mailgun, Mandrill Imap, Pop3, Smtp
Design Pattern Active-Record, Model-View-Controller, Dependency Injection, Observer, Singleton, Facade, Event-Driven, Mtv Dependency Injection, Model-View-Controller, Event-Driven, Data Mapper, Singleton, Active-Record
Database Sqlite, Mysql, Postgresql, Redis, Microsoft Bi Microsoft 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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