Zend framework is an open source web development framework which uses PHP 5. As PHP is the most popular server side scripting language used for web development therefore this also aided in the popularity of Zend framework. Zend offers a highly modular Model-View-Controller (MVC) design which allows re usability of the code. The code is also easier to maintain and is great for corporate licensing. Web development service providers can easily create highly interactive web applications using Zend framework.
The Zend framework offers high flexibility to PHP developers while creating web applications. Unlike other frameworks, developers have the choice of picking modules or part of the package and combining it with their own classes to create a custom web solution that solves their specific requirements. PHP developers are not bound to use the complete package.
The most interesting fact about Zend is that it was developed by ZEND, the one who developed PHP itself. This allows it highest levels of compatibility with PHP, even with the latest versions for which most of the frameworks are still struggling with. PHP being the most popular web development programming language automatically favors Zend and brings extra flexibility to the framework.
It supports all the major databases which include Oracle, MySql, PostgreSql, Sq Lite etc. This allows the developers to use a database of their choice while developing web applications. Zend is the foremost choice of PHP developers as it provides extensive control of the application design and an in-built support for web services.
The MVC architecture offered by Zend separates the data and user interface thus allows PHP developers to make changes in the database without affecting the user interface and similarly lets them manipulate the user interface without affecting the database.
Being an open source framework and supporting PHP, the most popular open source web development programming language, Zend allows web development companies to create and deliver highly interactive and cost effective web applications to their clients. The re usability of the code also allows them to deliver quick solutions to the clients thus reducing products time-to-market.
Zend has a very vast and loyal community which is always available to help out PHP developers having problems while working on Zend framework. Zend also provides online support on its website where developers can go and seek out solutions for their problems. The documentation provided for it is not very extensive but is good enough to understand and start working. This minor disadvantage is easily compensated by the fact that Zend provides well maintained codes which itself enables the developers in understanding the mistakes.
Zend is a complete open source PHP web development framework which enables the PHP developers and web development companies to deliver cost effective dynamic web applications to their clients.