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Zend Announces the Future of PHP Frameworks: Zend Framework 3

Zend Announces the Future of PHP Frameworks: Zend Framework 3
March 12
11:52 2015

CUPERTINO, Calif., — Zend, the PHP Company, today announced the roadmap for Zend Framework 3, the next-generation PHP-based application framework for web and mobile applications. Zend Framework is the leading enterprise-grade web application framework used by a broad set of companies. It is licensed under a commercial-friendly New BSD open-source license and has enjoyed contributions from the likes of IBM, Google and Microsoft in addition to strong Zend and community leadership over the years.

“Using Zend Framework 2, we have been able to speed up the creation and maintenance of some of our best web PHP applications,” said Gregory Besson, CEO AdFab Connect. “We relied on its robustness and its component-oriented architecture to deliver the international website of DS, the new brand of PSA Peugeot Citroën. We are eager to try and adopt Zend Framework 3, which will bring the interoperability between PHP frameworks to the next level with PSR-7 and will highly improve performance with the early adoption of PHP7, to come end of this year.”

“Our development team relies on Zend Framework to deliver practical, rock solid web applications to startups and NYSE companies,” said Baptiste Manson, CEO Inovia Team Inc. “Zend Framework 3 is forward-thinking, astonishing and, in short, it reinvents the framework.”

Zend Framework 3 offers a new design that takes full advantage of the PHP language evolution, new emerging technologies and techniques. With web and mobile development constantly changing, an effective framework must evolve and adapt to align with new platforms and technologies.

The new Zend Framework 3 is focused on simplicity, reusability and performance. It will offer a “use-at-will” architecture by delivering components for independent consumption by developers. The new framework design will make it easier for beginners to become proficient with the technology while still providing enterprise-grade features for more advanced developers.

Zend Framework 3 Highlights and Capabilities:

  • Separate components divided into individual and versioned projects for broader reuse and higher velocity of innovation (“use-at-will” architecture)
  • Strong emphasis on HTTP messages, leveraging the PSR-7 specification
  • A new modern middleware-based runtime as a lighter weight, high-performance alternative to enterprise MVC frameworks
  • Apigility, Zend’s API Builder, will be delivered on top of the new middleware stack for better performance and simplicity, with the same streamlined, powerful user experience
  • Optimization for PHP 7, while still supporting PHP 5.5 and up
  • “The PHP ecosystem is undergoing a ‘renaissance’ with a multitude of development processes, new technologies and coding practice changes in the last few years,” said Matthew Weier O’Phinney, Zend Framework Team Lead at Zend Technologies. “The latest Zend Framework will change how developers work with PHP, providing them with a ‘use-at-will’ architecture option as well as a framework that aligns with ever-changing platforms and technologies. This ensures developers have the specific components they need to create the next-generation of high-performance PHP-based web and mobile applications for the enterprise.”

Users of previous Zend Framework versions will have a documented upgrade path to Zend Framework 3 that requires minimal changes.

Zend Framework 3 will be available in Q3 2015.

For additional information about Zend Framework 3, please check out the Zend Framework website at

About Zend Framework
Zend Framework provides a template with the most common business and enterprise application features, helping developers quickly create robust applications. Developers can work smarter and faster by leveraging this set of existing features without having to reinvent the wheel each time they create a new application. Today, Zend Framework is used in some of the most popular PHP applications such as Magento, the market leading ecommerce application.

About Zend Technologies
Zend partners with businesses to rapidly deliver modern apps across mobile and cloud. Zend helped establish the PHP language, which today powers over 200 million applications and web sites. The company uniquely delivers a one-stop shop solution for developing, deploying and managing business-critical PHP applications. Zend continuous delivery is based on agile development, code protection, release automation, server management, consulting, training, and PHP certification. Zend solutions are deployed at more than 40,000 companies, including BNP Paribas, Best Buy, GE, Prada and other leading brands worldwide. Learn more at

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