I have seen both sides, too much reliance on a framework and no framework. They both can be bad depending on how you use them. The really good frameworks, not just for PHP, give you ways to hook in plain objects into its system and give you the flexibility to do whatever you need. Though doing things in a good way is always up to the dev and framework or not can result in really bad code.
I agree with you 100%, and you will see in this series that I will try to imply exactly that methodologies to hook up to the framework, not hard-wire.
In PHP frameworks plays an important role, since they really brought some good practice to every developer. But than devs become framework religious :(
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