Zend Framework (ZF) is an open-source PHP framework with flexible architecture that doesn’t force you to follow certain development models or design patterns. Its components are loosely coupled allowing you easily use only a few components that you require or even use these components alongside other frameworks.
Zend Framework is fully object oriented and has been implemented using PHP5. It is a comprehensive library that provides several components supporting: Model-View-Controller (MVC), databases, internationalization, localization, authentication, authorization, session management, web services, mail, formats, search and lot more. One of its key strengths includes consuming widely available APIs from leading vendors like Google, Amazon, Yahoo!, Flickr, as well as other API providers.
- Extensible and well-tested code base
- Flexible architecture
- No configuration file necessary to get going
- AJAX support through JSON – meet the ease-of-use requirements your users have come to expect
- Search – a native PHP edition of the industry-standard Lucene search engine
- Syndication – the data formats & easy access to them your Web 2.0 applications need
- Web Services – consume & publish web services
- High-quality, object-oriented PHP 5 class library – attention to best practices like design patterns, unit testing, & loose coupling
Zend Framework is available under New BSD License and also require all contributors to complete and sign a Contributor License Agreement (CLA). You can find further information & download on Zend Framework Website.