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Matt Sparks
Matt Sparks

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Building a PHP Framework: Part 1 - Why? Seriously, Why?

There are a tremendous amount of great PHP frameworks. Off the top of my head I can think of several: Laravel, Symfony, Yii, Slim, Cake, etc. Yet, for every Laravel there are probably five lesser-known, high quality frameworks. Go ahead and search Github for β€œPHP Framework.” As of this writing it lists 20,000 results. Sure, most aren’t fully fledged PHP frameworks, but that’s still a lot of code.

So with all of that being said, it begs the question: why on Earth would you want to do this?

The extremely short answer: I want to.

The less short answer: A PHP framework encompasses many of the areas I want to learn more about.

Why I’m Building a PHP Framework

Look, I’m very aware that there is no need for a new framework. I agree with that. For whatever problem you’re trying to solve you’ll no doubt be able to find a solid solution.

I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel or make a β€œbetter” code-base. I’m under no delusions of grandeur – this framework will never see a production environment. If it does, may God have mercy on your soul.

I’m building this to learn. That’s really the long and short of it.

What I Want to Learn

There are a number of areas that I would like to have more knowledge of. Chief among them are:

  • Application Architecture
  • Design Patterns

Other areas include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Routing
  • Cache
  • Database Abstraction
  • IoC
  • Code Organization
  • Testing

All of those topics fall into the β€œyeah, I β€˜get’ it but do I really understand it” category. That’s what I hope this little experiment solves.

What This Won’t be

It is not my intent to make a production-ready framework. I have no plans of making a robust code-base. This project is a tool to help me (and hopefully others) learn. Anything after that is just gravy.

What’s Next

Before I build a framework, I should probably figure out what exactly a framework constitutes. That doesn’t sound intimidating at all.

Wait! We Need a Name

I can’t keep referring to β€œthe framework” or β€œcode-base.” I’m one post in and it’s already getting old. Let’s call it the Analyze PHP Framework. Seems appropriate to me.

Originally posted on DevelopmentMatt.com

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Joshua Johnson

Haha! I can't tell you how many PHP Frameworks I've built over the years. It all started with Zoose, z20, Zoose2.0, ulfberht-application...and so on. Now I'm building my final framework. FireStudio! Over the years I've built frameworks as a way to understand design patterns. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I can appreciate the task you are trying to pull off!

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Blaine Osepchuk

You've got an excellent reason to build a framework.

Have you made any architecture/design decisions yet? Any decisions you care to share?

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Matt Sparks Author

Thanks, Blaine!

I've yet to fully decide. I have a general idea of how I want to try and structure things, but I need to get more of a concrete implementation in mind. I'm hoping to make that apart of my next post (which should be later this week).

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Blaine Osepchuk

Cool. I'm looking forward to reading it!

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