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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:18 pm 
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I want to create some utilities with PHP and do not want to really have to stress over the UI design.

I'm looking for a framework that:

+ Simple to use
+ Generates Responsive Html UI elements easily
+ Is as fast and lightweight as possible

I'm willing to trade flexibility for simplicity. I really want to focus on the functional code and not have to spend a ton of time to simply "make it look nice". So I'm really looking for nice UI generating framework that fully supports mobile response HTML.

I've coded for years, but it's been a few years since I was 'actively' programming, so my PHP is a bit rusty at this point and I'd like to really focus on simplicity and ease of use of the framework.

Any recommendations?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:46 pm 
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I know Symfony and Laravel get mentioned often. Yii is a lot like Rails if you know that already. There are also microframeworks. There are many to choose from. I often recommend (because they are free) that you download a few popular frameworks and see if you can get them to actually work. In doing that, programmers often quickly find the frameworks that are in the style they like/understand.

For UI, I think I might rely on a CSS framework and good Javascript library -- rather than doing it in PHP.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:49 am 
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I hope Codeigniter will suite you well, because it is easy to use, it has the large community and it is suitable for both small and medium sized projects.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:44 am 
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considering your requirements can offer several options:

- Yii:

MVC design pattern;
efficient error handling;
AJAX support;
a community-developed framework;
design that minimizes integration hassles with third-party components;
fast performance.

- Symfony 2:

a feature-rich framework;
enterprise-level stability;
LTS releases (and minor version releases every 6 months);
required unit tests for all changes between versions to increase reliability;
a clear roadmap for maintenance of Symfony versions;
the largest numbers of bundles out of all available frameworks;
flexibility to implement only select components (you don’t have to deploy the full stack);
official training courses and certifications.

You can read this article for more information:
https://webinerds.com/choose-php-application-framework/


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:15 am 
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You're going to get 1000 responses, and 2000 recommendations.

1) Every framework is simple/hard to use depending on your experience. What you're looking for is great documentation/community. Laravel is extremely popular.
3) For speed, Phalcon is pretty much the undisputed king: http://systemsarchitect.net/performance ... rameworks/ (an old comparison. Phalcon, and probably the rest of them, have gotten faster). The one downside to Phalcon is it's a PHP module, so you have to either be on a host that provides that module, or be able to install modules yourself.

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