Zend Framework is an open source framework for developing web applications and services with PHP 5. Zend Framework is implemented using 100% object-oriented code. The component structureof Zend Framework is somewhat unique; each component is designed with few dependencies on other components. This loosely coupled architecture allows developers to use components individually. We oftencall this a "use-at-will" design.
While they can be used separately, Zend Framework components in the standard library form a powerful and extensible web application framework when combined. ZendFramework offers a robust, high performance MVC implementation, a database abstraction that is simple to use, and a forms component that implements HTML form rendering, validation, and filtering sothat developers can consolidate all of these operations using one easy-to-use, object oriented interface. Other components, such as Zend_Auth and Zend_Acl, provide user authentication and authorizationagainst all common credential stores. Still others implement client libraries to simply access to the most popular web services available. Whatever your application needs are, you're likely to find aZend Framework component that can be used to dramatically reduce development time with a thoroughly tested foundation.
The principal sponsor of the project 'Zend Framework' is » Zend Technologies,but many companies have contributed components or significant features to the framework. Companies such as Google, Microsoft, and StrikeIron have partnered with Zend to provide interfaces to webservices and other technologies that they wish to make available to Zend Framework developers.
Zend Framework could not deliver and support all of these features without the help of the vibrant ZendFramework community. Community members, including contributors, make themselves available on » mailing lists, » IRC channels, and other forums. Whatever question you have about Zend Framework, the...