zend-framework2 Tutorial

Zend Framework 2 (ZF2) is a modern and flexible PHP framework that helps web developpers to build web applications of different complexities. The major sponsor of company Zend Framework is Zend Technologies, which makes it very strong and stable. There are two major improvments of this second version over ZF1. First, a module-based architecture has been adopted by default without any tweak. This comes handy when developping a big sized web application that requires a decomposition to modules. Second, ZF2 implements all the features PHP5.3+ can offer particularly the namespaces. In the previous versions, a controller class is named as follows:

class IndexController extends Zend_Controller_Action


This same class is rewritten in ZF2 as follows:

namespace Application\Controller;
use Zend\Mvc\Controller\AbstractActionController;

class IndexController extends AbstractActionController


The following are some other exciting features of ZF2:

  • Dependency Injection
  • EventManager
  • ServiceManager