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Zend vs Symfony: Our Take on Frameworks

A web development framework facilitates in improving the performance and efficiency of a website development activity. Web development frameworks are available in abundance with new ones appearing at a rate beyond comprehension, but deciding on a framework to develop sizzling web applications is much more difficult than developing the application. With over 12 years of web development experience under our belt, we have delivered some very cool web applications which were developed on a number of different frameworks. So in this article, we will compare two frameworks that we find too irresistible (Symfony and Zend Framework) which are currently the most popular and largely used PHP frameworks globally. Open source frameworks have been a milestone in providing free, customizable and economical platforms for application development. Both Zend and Symfony are open source frameworks, with all the inherent benefits of this universal model. With incessant research and development, these two have gained recognition as the next generation web development frameworks. Both are decoupled and component based and they use almost the same naming, coding and auto loading conventions. According to VsChart.com, Symfony is preferred by 53% and Zend by 47% of developers worldwide. So, here we share our experiences and we hope that by the end of this article you will be able to understand the differences and similarities between these two powerful and competent frameworks. Sponsors and Partners On the one hand, Zend is backed by Zend Technologies and this is its corporate sponsor. Its valued partners, including Google, Microsoft, Adobe and IBM, have further accentuated its popularity. Symfony, on the other hand, is sponsored by a French Company called SensioLabs. It offers a...

Why use Drupal for Enterprise Content Management

According to Fulcrum Research, 80% of enterprise content is unstructured. This challenges the corporate world to deal with a huge repository of unstructured content and convert it into a meaningful resource. The answer is a robust, efficient, and scalable Enterprise Content Management System. Choosing the right ECM for your business largely depends on answering questions like “How will you troubleshoot it?” and “How will it help your business?” The ECM Market is flooded with CMS solutions. Among so many options, several companies continue to prefer Drupal. You must be wondering what made Drupal reach this enviable popularity. So let’s take a look at those reasons. Versatility Drupal’s versatility makes it a reliable CMS in many ways. Presentation Layer – It has a very convenient presentation layer for easy and enjoyable authoring with the help of built-in integration. Drupal 8 provides a WYSIWYG-based, integrated editor that comes in very handy to create content rapidly. Multi-Channel Delivery – Drupal’s multi-channel delivery is an ideal feature to reach out to customers with a variety of devices. You can preview the content for any device such as a smartphone and optimize it for speed before posting it. Collaboration – Your web development team has to share content and media for better productivity. Group collaboration, management of user generated content, and handling activity streams of multiple users are some of Drupal’s best features. Language Compatibility – Your Drupal managed application provides the facility to download content translations for about 100 global languages. It also allows you to hide or display the content according to the language being used, giving you a responsive web design. Seamless Ecommerce Integration – Drupal allows...

A Definitive Guide to WordPress Website Development

Have you ever feared the time-consuming task and complex coding involved with the design and development of a new website? Yes, almost all of us have experienced this fear! This is because we have seen the former days when the task of developing a website involved plenty of HTML code, Flash or CSS that were not easily understood by non-technical persons. But with the changing face of website development globally, we have now reached a stage where it doesn’t take much time to develop websites, because this task doesn’t require one to know complex coding or possess design skills. The advent of Content Management Systems (CMS), such as WordPress, provides a very efficient and user-friendly platform to create websites and manage the corresponding content online. WordPress is everywhere these days! The kind of website builder tools, themes, and plugins that are offered by WordPress have made it an extremely reliable and highly-popular website creation CMS platform. And statistics do not lie! If you go by the latest CMS usage statistics shared by Built With, approximately 48% of the websites built with CMS technology use WordPress as the CMS platform. The second best CMS usage is for Drupal at around 14%. Now that’s a massive difference which clearly indicates how popular and reliable WordPress is. Having worked on numerous web development and web framework design projects ourselves, we can completely relate to these statistics in favor of WordPress. Let’s explore the process to create your own websites using WordPress as well as WordPress’ advantages and disadvantages. How to Develop Websites Using WordPress Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to get your...

Finding the Best .NET Talent Pool – Are You Looking at the Right Places?

Recruiting top technical talent, especially software developers, is not an easy task. With the proliferation of startups in the market, increasing numbers of large tech companies offering remote working offers, and highly competitive counter offers, the odds of finding the proverbial rockstar .NET developer are growing increasingly slim. It’s no secret that good .NET developers are hard to find. However, what makes finding the best .NET developers such a challenge? What path would lead you straight to the best resource in the market? Here is what you need to know to find your answers. What Should You Be Looking For? This hiring challenge is more than just an issue of demand and supply.The disconnect, as we call it, between the right resource and the recruiter is because many of them are using the term ‘.NET developer’ too broadly for anyone’s understanding. Simply stating you need a .NET developer is like telling your barber to give you a haircut without specifying the exact style you’re looking for. Without specifying the set of expertise and skills, you’re looking for in a developer, the chances of finding the right person or in this case, any person, would grow significantly slim. Be Clear About the “Must Haves” and the “Nice to Haves” It is quite possible that what you’re looking for is lying right under your nose, but you don’t see it. A lack of understanding about what makes a good fit for your company sometimes blindsides you about hiring the right person even when they are right in front of you. Thus, knowing the difference between “must have” and “nice to have” when...

Open Source and PHP Continues to Dominate Web Development

Nearly every good language today is open source. Consider Android. Consider Java. Even consider Apple’s prized Swift, which the company recently made Open Source. The inherent advantages of adopting Open Source are many – it accelerates the development of the language and makes it more popular. PHP too is open source, a reason it remains popular today. PHP still dominates the web. Created by Rasmus Lerdorf, PHP first appeared in 1995. This cross-platform server-side scripting language has been a general purpose language for web developers ever since. Why is it popular? Quite versatile with its application, PHP codes can be used with HTML codes, various engines and other web frameworks or even on a server module. This freedom of implementation makes it a great success. The other reason developers love it is because PHP is actually a C based language and follows the similar syntax and working procedures. Most programmers learn about C, and so working with PHP gets as easier as it can get. Constant improvements No language can survive if it doesn’t evolve.  Executed by PHP interpreter, it is implemented as a web server module or CGI executable. Over time, the language has been improved to deploy standalone graphic applications.  There have been many updated versions with V7.0 expected to be released in November 2015. Over a period, Basic object-oriented programming functionality has been added in the later versions (PHP3 and above) which has expanded the array of its performance capabilities.   PHP 5 improvements PHP 5 added interfaces in its code, and this allowed multiple interfaces to be implemented. The visibility properties of the PHP language...