Zend Framework is an open source, object oriented web application framework for PHP 5. Zend Framework is often called a 'component library', because it has many loosely coupled components that you can use more or less independently.
But Zend Framework also provides an advanced Model-View-Controller (MVC) implementation that can be used to establish a basic structure for your Zend Framework applications.
Why Zend Framework?
1)Free and open source framework
5)Supported by more than 300 contributor, include IBM and other major companies
Zend Framework Features
1)All components are fully object-oriented PHP 5 and are E_STRICT compliant
2)Use-at-will architecture with loosely coupled components and minimal interdependencies
3)Extensible MVC implementation supporting layouts and PHP-based templates by default
4)Support for multiple database systems and vendors, including MariaDB, MySQL, Oracle, IBMDB2, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, SQLite, and Informix Dynamic Server.
5)Email composition and delivery, retrieval via mbox, Maildir, POP3 and IMAP4
6)Flexible caching sub-system with support for many types of backends, such as memory or a file system.
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