An Ultimate Guide to iOS App Development

With a lot of smartphone platforms available in the market, the toughest competition is between Android and iOS.

Where Android rules the global market of smartphones with 83%,  iOS has better and more apps in the app store.

And just holding such a big share in the global smartphone market, doesn’t give Android all the benefits.

People still prefer iPhone!

But why?

Because, people love iOS apps and devices for their better performance, clean-simple UI design, and security.

So, here we are going to learn about all the phases of iOS app development.

1. Discovery phase

Any product development begins with an idea, hence the discovery phase is always the first phase. By collecting all the information and keeping in mind the objective, you will have a clear vision regarding what purpose your app is going to serve.

In this phase, one should always conduct extensive market research about all the information prevailing in the market regarding your app idea or project and then identify your audience.

2. Planning Phase

Once you are clear with your idea and objective then comes the planning Phase. In this phase, you lay all the important groundwork for your app. In this phase, you refine your idea, hire a developer to bring your dream application into reality by writing up a specification and a technical specification document with the help of a project manager of the company you will hire for the project. The complete functionality of the app is also decided in this phase.

Goals: A specification document describes the business logic of the application, while a technical specification document describes the functionality and the features of the app.

Skills required: In-depth experience in iOS app development, and technical understanding and knowledge of what is better from the standpoint of coding/programming to bring out the expected functionality to the app.

3. Wireframe Phase

After the technical specification document is written; which means translating all the features of the app into the specification for the development team; then comes the time to create the wireframes.

Now, what are wireframes?

Wireframe is an informational blueprint of your app which acts as a roadmap for UX (User Experience). It actually gives an idea which part of the app will have what content. The real job of a wireframe is to integrate on User experience (UX) as well as User Interface (UI) design.

Goals: Decide and approve the natural information flow of your app and understanding the workings of the app from a user’s perspective. This is the next step of your technical specification document which actually describes how your app will become a reality.

Skills required: iOS app development, product management, and UX/UI expertise, deployment experience are needed.

4. Design & Architecture

4.1 Design:

In this phase, you will consider some other angles such as creating an interactive visual design and its working, the working of intuitive UI, and an engaging UX.

The designer will also be responsible for generating the prototype of designs for the development team. Then, the designed interactive icons, graphics, custom animations, etc would visually define your app.

The designer remains engaged in the development phase to fix the issues related to design during the development phase.

Goals: Create design-prototypes for the development team. Finalize the design system, patterns and the style guide used in the application.

Skills required: Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, and custom animations with Flux or Pixate.

4.2 Software Architecture Planning:

Architecting an app is crucial and could prevent you from having to completely rewrite it when it needs to grow. This phase goes parallel with the design phase to achieve better functionality apps.

Goals: Create a plan for the software architecture for both- front-end and the back-end of the app. If you opt a software like a ‘backend as a service (BaaS),’ the integration is still required.

Skills required: For larger projects, a developer holding an experience in software architecture, back end and front end is required.

5. Front-end & Back-end Coding & Integration Phases

This phase is a complex phase as it includes many iterations, with a consistent loop of feedback between your developer and your designer along the way. Also, the architecture of front-end and back-end of the app is also built in a coordinated effort.

While the functionality of your app is created, its system architecture is getting built. The back-end server support software and the front-end interface are dependent on one another, with a lot of backtracking in the process.

For the front end, the main thing to decide is how your app’s functions come to life with code or its computing logic.

6. iOS Programming Languages

1.Objective-C:

Cocoa Touch (a UI framework used to develop iOS apps) is built on the Objective-C programming language, a superset of the C programming language with an added object-oriented programming layer.

2. Swift:

Apple’s newest programming language Swift was launched in 2014 and is quickly replacing Objective-C. It is easier to learn, simpler than Objective-C, and Apple claims it runs 2.6 times faster. Swift keeps up with modern hardware and is also faster on the coding end, shorter, more secure, and easier to maintain.

Goals: Code a fully-functional app that’s scalable and integrated to all the back-end software, database, mobile APIs, and other related infrastructure it needs to run. If you don’t have a scope to build a server-side infrastructure, you may opt to purchase a Backend as a Service (BaaS) software bundle.

These include an array of storage options and features, but you’ll still need a developer who understands back-end engineering to integrate all that into your app.

Also, writing unit tests and running integration testing are crucial steps in this phase.

Skills required: Experienced iOS app developers versed in both server-side and client-side coding, the app should have a responsive design, design patterns, APIs and MPIs.

A firm understanding of Apple’s software development kit (SDK), Cocoa Touch, Objective-C or Swift,  Xcode, JavaScript, mobile APIs, CSS, server-side scripting, server administration, database administration, and integration are needed.

7. Testing Phase:

This phase is very crucial because it includes in-depth testing of quality assurance so that Apple’s submission and approval process becomes easy.

Also, during this phase, the developer will check the app in the ‘Simulator of Xcode,’ screen by screen, to make sure that there are no bugs and everything works flawlessly.

The app will be tested for functionality, load time and handling, and UX and later reviewing of any crash reports to locate fixes.

Debugging can be done in Xcode.

Goals: Ensuring the app runs well on all targeted devices without crashing, slowing down, or any bugs.

Skills required: An up-to-date knowledge of Apple’s latest submission requirements, cross-device testing, knowledge of security and privacy measures, and UX/UI expertise are needed.

8. Submitting the iOS App for Review

The submission process usually involves a few fixes and resubmissions, so it’s helpful to have a seasoned iOS developer who knows the ropes and what to expect.

Getting your app live and in the App Store takes a few steps:

·  configuring the code

·  creating a profile

·  creating a listing

·  submitting it through Xcode for certification.

Conclusion:

Note: No app can really be made fully functional or up-to-date because human needs change with time.

Developing an app is an ongoing process and they’re never really finished, even if you’re not adding new features to it.

There’s always a scope for maintenance, bug fixing, and updates that make developing an application a living project.

In case, you are looking out for great iOS app development team then, Orion eSolutions has a great reputation in the market. Check out their services.


Forbes, Twitter, Flipkart Turned to Progressive Web App… Find Out Why!

PWA

Today, we live in a world where any task; small or big can be accomplished with just one click. Here we are talking about the world of applications.

And, there is no denying the fact that the applications have turned our lives upside down by making our work so much easier and faster.

If figures are to be believed then in 2013 alone the total number of apps resting at Google Play Store were 1 million which is now increased to 2.8 million.

Apps are a prominent part of our daily lives and we need them to serve different purposes. We need them to such an extent that the memory of our smartphones is always full.

Keeping this whole scenario in mind, would you believe if we tell you that you can have a thousand apps on your phone without even having to worry about your phone’s memory.

Interesting…isn’t it?

Well, we know, it is!

So, through this article, we are letting you learn about these new versions of apps called- PWA or Progressive Web Apps.

What are Progressive Web Apps?

PWA or Progressive Web Apps are the web pages which act just like an app but are lighter and can be loaded on any handheld device like mobile phones, tablets, etc. They are also faster, consume less space and data and the best part is, they can even work offline.

PWA

How Does Progressive Web Apps Work?

These progressive apps use JavaScript and by working in the background, they make the user experience effortless.  When the user clicks on the icon, it loads all the essential resources and starts interacting with the app.

Actually, JavaScript code offers the app an ability to work offline and loads the website even faster.

But, you might be thinking if PWA are that purposeful then, why not these apps are not common yet!

Though, the concept is quite old and was invented back in 2005 but the latest improvements in the scripting languages i.e HTML5, JavaScript have made it easier to build a website as a PWA.

Now, it is gaining more attention from designers and developers.

Why Progressive Web Apps?

Well, native apps do have their own advantages but an app developer has to build 3 versions for 3 platforms separately:

  • For Android
  • For iOS
  • For Windows

Well, this is isn’t in the case of PWA, hence it is an advantage of PWA over native apps, developers just have to build only one.

Another major demerit of those native apps is they face installation friction which is estimated as: generally, it takes minimum 6 clicks from a user to install a native app and with every additional click, you lose approx 20% of the users.

Other Major Benefits of PWA:

1) Discoverability:

Let’s understand with the help of an example: Suppose you’ve spent hours on searching for a specific restaurant on a food app which you never really found out. Though these native apps have their very own search feature, it won’t get you favorable results.

If you want the desired search outcomes from different apps then, you will probably have to search every individual app.

The problem is native apps cannot be crawled on search engines, but PWAs can be!

With PWA you can search for stuff on Google and get desired results from the content inside your PWA.

2) Installation

PWA

Visiting the app store searching for the right application and beating the installation friction is a tedious task in itself. If all this doesn’t bother you much then, you have to deal with the slow network connection.

With PWA, you can totally ditch these problems.

These apps are easy to install i.e. take seconds, take up less space and can work offline.

3) Push Notifications

Besides the native apps, PWAs also supports the web push notifications feature.

These push notifications are small clickable pop-ups which shows up on our screen when we are online.

So, a core feature of native applications is also available in the case of PWA. Hence, these are more appealing.

4) Up-to-date

In this smart app-driven world, we are very much used to these apps. Also, you would have noticed that these apps require time to time updation.

But, in the case of a PWA, there is no such concept of updating apps on user side. PWAs automatically gets updated in the background with the minimal data usage without any actions required from the users.

Your in-app experience never gets disturbed which further adds up to a great user experience.

5) Cost Effective

Building a good mobile app can really boost your business but developing these apps are not that economical. Native app development is expensive too because these need to be developed for different platforms separately hence, the increased cost.

PWA on the other is platform independent that’s why it requires less development cost.

Top 5 examples of Progressive Web Apps:

Knowing all the major benefits of PWA, big businesses are adopting the PWA concept. So, here we are giving you a detailed insight of PWA with the help of top 5 examples.

1. Twitter Lite

twitter lite

Famous news sharing and a social platform, Twitter which doesn’t need any introduction. People these days use mobile phones to access all kinds of online businesses. Thus, Twitter needed a more reliable and better user experience, an app which would increase the loading time and decrease the bounce rate.

Hence, the new Twitter Lite app was developed and received an incredible response. This PWA needs 3% lesser space than Twitter’s native app.

The app generates more than 10 million push notifications every single day which is indeed a huge user engagement.

According to a case study by Google Developers, over 250,000 Twitter users access the app from their home screens directly at 4 times per day frequency.

2. AliExpress PWA

It is a leading online shopping platform based in China. AliExpress has used a native app for a long time but the cutthroat business competition made them build a PWA.

The brand decided to combine their best features with the wide reach of the web by developing a cross-browser and platform independent AliExpress PWA.

Surprisingly, after the implementation of AliExpress PWA, the conversion rates for new users were increased by 104 %.

3. Forbes PWA

The American media giant, Forbes, absolutely needs no introduction. It is famous for featuring the original articles on subjects mostly business, science, technology,  finance, industry, marketing, investing, communications, politics, law, etc.

For all the online magazines and newspapers, mobile presence is really important. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 58% of the U.S. adults like to use a smartphone to get the news updates.

So, by developing a Progressive Web App experience.

For every user, Forbes now enjoys 43 % more sessions, 20 %  higher add visibility and 100 % greater user engagement. The users can also get push alerts with other familiar features of native apps when it is installed on an Android phone.

4. BookMyShow Lite

Bookmyshow

India’s largest movie ticketing company, BookMyShow, is another best example to explain how modern web technology drives sales. We know that India has struggled through the proper internet connection until recently. So, Indians have discovered the world of the internet just now.

Looking over the Indian economy, buying a computer for them is still budget wrecking thing. Hence, they prefer phone and phone apps.

In order to increase the Indian users’ experience, your business should rule the mobile app world. BookMyShow realized this fact and hence, developed a PWA for their business. This explains how it managed to deliver an increase of 80% conversions.

5. Flipkart Lite

Flipkart is the largest e-commerce website in India. So, again keeping the Indian economical condition in mind and being the largest one, it is immensely responsible for providing better consumer experience.

More than 80% of their consumers use mobile phones that too on lesser internet bandwidth.

After the Flipkart development, the user can add this app on their home-screens and relaunch their website in just one click.

Also, people can enjoy offline surfing of the products and shopping on even lesser internet bandwidth.

Conclusion:

So, by now we hope that you’ve understood the concept of PWA (Progressive Web Apps). These apps are indeed useful and helpful in building better consumer or user experience.

In case, you are looking out for PWA development then, Orion eSloutions has a great reputation in providing exceptional IT services. To know more check out our services.

A Definitive Guide to MVC Architecture

MVC architecture is a very familiar term in the web development aspect. And, if you work in web development then, it is most likely that you have come across this acronym “MVC” a million times. It is one of the most famous design patterns in the world of web programming today. So, in this article, we are going to discuss in detail the whole MVC architecture topic which includes the MVC basics, its advantages, and some code samples to understand this architecture better.

MVC

What is MVC Architecture Exactly?

Before we dive into the technical insights, let’s make it clear that MVC is not a design pattern; it’s a way that structures the web applications. Over the past few years, web applications are broadly adopting the MVC architecture, and thus, people confuse it for a design pattern.

This term MVC was first described in 1979, even before the WWW era when the web applications didn’t exist. Earlier, this architecture was included in the two frameworks of web development i.e. Struts and Ruby on Rails.

For most of the web framework, Struts and Ruby on Rails environments laid the way hence, the popularity of MVC architecture kept growing.

MVC architecture follows a basic idea and its responsibilities are:

  • Model: Business logic and handle data
  • View: Whenever asked for data, presents the data to the user.
  • Controller: Fetch necessary resources and fulfills user requests.

Each component has a different set of tasks which ensures easy functioning of the whole application along with total modularity.

Let us now have a look at these components in detail.

MVC Model

Model:

The model is simply the data for our application and this data is “modeled” in such a way that it is easy to store, edit, and retrieve. It also explains how rules are applied to the data. For any web application, everything is considered as data that is to be handled easily. This whole thing ultimately represents the concepts that are managed by the web application.

Think for an app, what is a user, or a message? It is just the data that is processed according to some set of rules. So, whenever a request is made from the controller, it contacts the concerned model which fetches some data representation.  The model also contains the logic to update the appropriate controller if there is any change in the data of the model.

View:

The view is accountable for representing the data received via model. For view there might be templates where the data can be fitted. And, depending on the requirements there might also be several views per model.

Controller:

The controller is just like a housekeeper of the web application, it performs synchronization between model and view to fulfill a user requests.  The requests from user are received as HTTP post or HTTP get request.

For example:  To perform any action, the user clicks on any GUI elements and the primary purpose of a controller is to call and synchronize with the model to retrieve the necessary resources required to act. Generally, while receiving the user requests, the controller calls the suitable model for the task.

A web application is always structured by keeping in mind these 3 core components. There may be a prime controller, responsible for receiving all the user requests and then calling the specific controller for specific actions.

Let’s now understand the workings of an application under the MVC architecture with an example.

Example

Example:

Suppose a user can view items, add items to the cart and buy items from an online stationery shop. So, now what happens when a user clicks on any item say-“Pencil” to view the list of pencils.

The application has a particular controller to handle all the requests related to the title pencil.  Let’s assume “pencil_controller.php.” And, the model that would store the data related to the pencils “pencil_model.php.”

Then comes the views to stored data – a list of pencil, a table displaying pencils, and a page to edit the list.

The below displayed figure shows the entire flow of control,  from the moment a user select “pencil” till the results are retrieved:

The process starts with the “pencil_controller.php,” it handles the user request as an HTTP GET or HTTP POST request.  There can also be a central controller – “index.php” to call the “pencil_controller” whenever needed.

Then the controller examines the request and the parameters. Then after, it calls the required model, considering above case, “pencil_model.php” will be called. Then, the controller asks the model to fetch the list of available pencils.

Now, the model searches through the database for all the necessary information, implements the logic; if necessary, and retrieves the required data to the controller. Hence, the controller picks a suitable view and presents the data. In case, the request comes from a handheld device, a suitable view will be used accordingly.

Advantages of MVC Model:

1. Faster development process:

MVC model supports parallel and rapid development. Also, in order to create business logic of the web application, an MVC model is used in the development of a web application. And, it implies that one programmer would be working on the view while others would be working on the controller.

Hence, the application is developed in an MVC model is 3X faster than applications developed by using other development patterns.

2. Ability to provide multiple views:

MVC model is used to create multiple views for a single model. In today’s world, an application is accessed in multiple ways and for this versatility MVC development is definitely a great solution.

Furthermore, in this method, duplication of code is very limited as it separates business logic and data from the display.

3. Support for asynchronous technique:

The MVC model integrates with the JavaScript framework which means that the applications developed in MVC can work even with PDF files, site-specific browsers, and even with desktop widgets.

It also supports asynchronous technique that helps developers to build an application that can be loaded very fast.

4. modification does not affect the entire model:

The User interface of a web application tends to change more often than the business rules of the company. So, it is more likely that you’ll make changes in your web application e.g. changing colors, screen layouts, fonts, and adding new device support for smartphones frequently.

Moreover, adding new types of views is very easy in the MVC pattern because the Model part does not depend on the views part. Therefore, the entire architecture is not affected if any change is made in the Model.

5. MVC model returns the data without formatting:

MVC model returns data without implementing any formatting. Thus, the same components could be called with any interface. For example, any type of data can be formatted with HTML, with Dream viewer or Macromedia Flash.

Disadvantages of MVC:

1) More complexities

2) Difficulty in using MVC with present day user interface.

3) Inefficient data access in View component.

4) Requires multiple programmers

5)  More knowledge needed on multiple technologies.

An Easy Illustration of MVC Model Using Java:

1. Stu_Object : the model.

2. Stu_View: view class to print details on the console.

3. Stu_controller: a controller that stores data in Stu_Object and updates Stu_View accordingly.

Step 1: Creating the Model

public class StudentMVC {

  private String Stu_id;

  private String Stu_name;

  public String getStu_id() {

     return Stu_id;

  }

  public void setStu_id(String Stu_id) {

     this.Stu_id = Stu_id;

  }

  public String getStu_name() {

     return Stu_name;

  }

  public void setStu_name(String Stu_name) {

     this.Stu_name = Stu_name;

  }

}

The code consists of functions to get/set Stu_id and Stu_names of the StudentMVCs.

Let’s call it “StudentMVC.java”.

Step 2: Creating the View

public class Stu_View {

  public void printStu_details(String StudentMVCStu_name, String StudentMVCStu_id){

     System.out.println(“StudentMVC: “);

     System.out.println(“Stu_name: ” + StudentMVCStu_name);

     System.out.println(“Stu_id: ” + StudentMVCStu_id);

  }

}

To print the values to the console. Let’s call this “Stu_View.java”.

Step 3: Create the Controller

public class Stu_controller {

  private StudentMVC model;

  private Stu_View view;

  public Stu_controller(StudentMVC model, Stu_View view){

     this.model = model;

     this.view = view;

  }

  public void setStudentMVCStu_name(String Stu_name){

     model.setStu_name(Stu_name);

  }

  public String getStudentMVCStu_name(){

     return model.getStu_name();

  }

  public void setStudentMVCStu_id(String Stu_id){

     model.setStu_id(Stu_id);

  }

  public String getStudentMVCStu_id(){

     return model.getStu_id();

  }

  public void update_View(){

     view.printStu_details(model.getStu_name(), model.getStu_id());

  }

}

Call this “Stu_controller.java”. A cursory glance tells you that this controller is responsible for calling the model to get/set the data, and later updating the view.

Now, let’s have a look at how all of this is tied together.

Step 4: Creating the Main Java File

public class MVCPattern1 {

  public static void main(String[] args) {

     //fetch StudentMVC record based on his roll no from the database

     StudentMVC model= retriveStudentMVCFromDatabase();

     //Create a view: to write StudentMVC details on console

     Stu_View view = new Stu_View();

     Stu_controller controller = new Stu_controller(model, view);

     controller.update_View();

     //update model data

     controller.setStudentMVCStu_name(“Johny”);

     controller.update_View();

  }

  private static StudentMVC retriveStudentMVCFromDatabase(){

     StudentMVC StudentMVC = new StudentMVC();

     StudentMVC.setStu_name(“Rob”);

     StudentMVC.setStu_id(“20”);

     return StudentMVC;

  }

}

This is called “MVCPattern1.java,” it fetches the StudentMVC data from the database or a function and pushes it on to the StudentMVC model.

After that, it initializes the view we had created earlier.

Also, it also initializes our controller & binds together it to the model and the view. The update_View() method is a part of the controller which updates the StudentMVC details on the console.

Step 5: Testing the Result

If everything goes right, the result should be:

StudentMVC:

Stu_name: Rob

Stu_id: 20

StudentMVC:

Stu_name: Johny

Stu_id: 20

If you get this output then, congratulations! You have successfully applied the MVC architecture using Java.

Conclusion


MVC is a way that structures the web applications and over the past few years, web applications are broadly adopting the MVC architecture, and thus, people confuse it for a design pattern. In case, you are looking for great web applications then, Orion eSolutions is famous for its exemplary IT services.

Top 10 PHP Frameworks to Adopt for Web Development in 2019

A framework is basically a conceptual structure that aims to serve as a  guide for the development of any web application. Since every programming language facilitates application development through their frameworks, so does PHP.

PHP aka Hypertext Preprocessor is a scripting language for server-side applications and its frameworks are popularly used worldwide.

Being an open-source programming language, almost 80% of web applications use PHP till date.

The PHP frameworks come in a customized format to serve the different applications, experience, hosting capabilities. Keeping in mind all these factors which makes PHP so popular, we have curated a list of the best PHP frameworks which modern web developers should adopt in 2019.

Here’s the list!

1. Laravel

Laravel framework is definitely #1 PHP framework. It is an inclusive framework which uses MVC architecture (Model, View, and Controller). It is responsible for maintaining the business logic and maintaining application data with the proper user interface and handling user requests.

At present, it is the most preferred PHP framework with a big community of developers.

Laravel features a number of packages such as lightweight Blade templating engine, ORM (Object Relational Mapping), RESTful (Representational State Transfer), a packaging system, controllers, etc.

It also features queue management that handles tasks in the background and then logs all the activities during smooth front end tasks. It is soon to introduce a routing package also.

It also easily integrates with Elixir (other functional language) and Gulp (open source javascript toolkit) so that any bower (package manager) and npm (node .js packages) can be called through ssh (secure shell) directly.

Another best thing about Laravel is that it handles NoSQL structures such as Redis or MongoDB. Recently, it came out with an administration panel design- Nova. This feature would definitely facilitate the software developers who want to be more innovative and more productive.

Best Features of Laravel:

· Rapid App development

· Unit testing  

· MVC architecture

· Payment integration with stripe

· High-level abstraction

· Overloading capabilities with dynamic methods

· Strong encryption packages

· ORM (Object Relational Management)

2. Phalcon

MVC architecture based PHP framework, Phalcon was built as an extension to C. This implies that it is very fast. It also uses fewer resources than any other platform which helps in translating the HTTP requests at a faster pace.

It was developed in the year 2012, it includes packages such as ORM, caching, MVC, and auto-loading components. The latest release of Phalcon supports PHP7.

It brings all the developers data storage tools- Object Document Mapping for MongoDB and its own SQL dialect-PHQL. Other major features include form builders, template engines, app development with all other international support, etc.

Phalcon PHP framework is also best for developing performance REST APIs and completely functional web applications.

Best Features of Phalcon:

· Low overheads

· Auto-loading

· C-extension

· Impeccable built-in security features  

3. CakePHP

An ideal framework for the beginners and for the rapid development of commercial web applications. Though it comes with many other packages to serve the basic requirements, the special scaffolding functionality speeds up the development process.

MVC architecture facilitates the development process. The configuration makes the development even easier by evading the need for complicated XML, YAML configuration files. All these features make the development process faster. The security features prevent XSS, SQL, CSRF, Injection, etc.

Best Features of CakePHP

· Supports all the latest PHP versions

· Fast build and Scaffolding system

· Apt for commercial web applications with MIT License

· Extensive Secure tools

· Database Access, Validation, Caching, Authentication

· Scripting and SQL injection prevention,

· CSRF and Form Validation

4. Yii

The Yii PHP framework stands for Yes, it is! Suitable for all kinds of web applications, it is a high-performance, component-based framework. It is also called as a universal web programming framework.

It comes with the easy installation process and robust security features for developing highly secure web applications i.e. portals, forums, CMS, etc. It lets the developers to avoid writing complexities of repetitive SQL statements as data can be modeled in terms of objects.

Best Features of Yii:

· Boasts performance & speed

· Supports customization of code

· Highly extensive

· Robust Secure tools

· Reported problems are assisted with instant help

5. Symfony

Symfony has been the best, stable, well documented, modular, and high-performance framework for almost a decade now. It was developed by French SensioLabs and is backed by them. It is a big name in the web development world. It is also used for development of REST APIs and web application.

Best Features of Symfony:

· High performance with byte-code caching

· Boasts database engine independence

· Allows integration with other vendor libraries.

· Highly stable and flexible

6. Codeigniter

Another ideal PHP framework for rapid web application development is Codeigniter. This framework can be installed without any special command and software. The full-fledged application development is easier with Codeigniter because of its numerous libraries can be used for unit testing, form validation, sessions, email, and much more!

Also, if you can not find the libraries then you can build your own and share it further for other developers. It is backed by “The British Columbia Institute of Technology” which ensures its continued growth and development.

Best Features of Codeigniter:

· Ability to use normal web hosting services such as MySQL

· Outperforms the Non- MVC frameworks

· LTS (Long Term Support)

7. Zend

Zend PHP is a go-to professional framework which is commonly used for building high-performance commercial applications. This framework is configured with a lot of authentication, forms, feeds, and services. It is the most preferred framework for rapid development of enterprise applications. It also comes with tools and Zend IDE to the developers’ tasks even easier than before.

Best Features of Zend:

· Best-suited for enterprise applications

· Object Oriented

· Highly customizable

· Follows the agile software development method

8. Fuel PHP

Fuel PHP is a modern, modular, extensible, and MVC framework which is built in HMVC (Hierarchical Model View Controller). It features lightweight yet powerful ORM (Object Relational Mapping) support.

It also features template parsing and powerful security tools. Its authentication framework. FuelPHP is fully object-oriented and can be developed actively because of its community driven nature.

Best Features of Fuel PHP:

· Optional Caching

· URL routing

· Authentication packages

· RESTful building

· Supports multiple applications

· Modular with integrated ORM

· Fully object-oriented new version

9. PHPixie

PHPixie was released in the year 2012, and it also implements the HMVC model like Fuel PHP. It was meant to create high-performance read-only websites. Easy to install, this framework is suitable for social networking websites, web app development services, and customized web applications.

Also, it is to be noted that PHPixie has fewer modules and it lacks support for components that are made from the dependencies.

Best Features of PHPixie:

· Easy to get started

· HMVC Model

· Impressive Routing System

· Documentation with code samples  

· Ability to compile fast

10) Slim

Inspired by Ruby’s Sinatra, the slim framework is a micro-framework. It is best suited for developing RESTful APIs. This framework with its add-on features such as URL routing, handling, and HTTP caching. Also, it is very easy to install and work with. This framework is apt for the beginners.

Best features of Slim:

· The fastest and the latest RESTful framework

· Extensive documentation

· Perfect for RESTful APIs

· Add-ons include: HTTP Caching & Flash

Conclusion:

PHP being the most popular programming language for application development, it is being preferred by global web developers. PHP has many frameworks which one can use to build exceptional web applications.

The above mentioned are the best PHP networks that can be adopted by web developers to ease out the app building process.

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