A popular open-source PHP framework which is used widely is Laravel. Web application developed using this framework by MVC pattern. Released under MIT license and source code is available on github open-source. A reliable PHP framework which follow accurate rules of PHP.
A smooth PHP framework which comes in mind while working on project is Codeigniter. It is simple and easy tool in the world of frameworks for creating full dynamic web application fast and efficiently. It also allows third-party plugins for adding more functionality to the project with a benefit of security and encryption.
|DBMS Support||Oracle, MS SQL, MySql, DB2, PostgreSQL, JDBC||MySQL, Microsoft BI, MongoDB, PostgreSQL addon with popular databases also used in laravel.|
|Popularity||Getting popular day by day with more developers community and fast coding style. Preffered mostly for large projects with heavy features and modules.||Less popular than laravel but for building fast small application with all security and features it is prefered mostly.|
|Structure||Follows MVC Structure with a command line tool 'Artisan'||MVC Structure based on Object-Oriented Programming|
|Modules||Modularity for dividing project into different modules for easy workflow.||No built-in modularity like laravel. Modular extension used for creating and maintaing modules.|
|API Support||RESTful controller helps in manufacturing REST APIs without wasting much time.||No streamline development of REST APIs|
|Online Help||Easy to understand documention available with large community working on laravel ready to help out with problems.||Built in functionality with a helpful user guide also available offline with download.|
|Template Engine||Simple and Robust template engine i.e. Blade Template Engine||No specific template engine. Smarty template engine tool can be used to integrate template engine. Rather its template language is PHP proprietary|
|HTTP support||Can define HTTPs custom routes also specific URL for each HTTPs route.||Does not fully support HTTPs|
|Authentication||Authentication class helps in implementing authentication and authorization rules||Custom codeigniter extensions for authentication, no built-in authentication features.|
|Testing||Unit testing of code can be done using PHPUnit.||No built-in unit testing tools. Developers need to reply on other testing tools for checking application code quality.|
|Learning Curve||Difficult for beginners to learn as it is stuffed with features.||Easy and very much friendly to learn for beginners.|
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