In our world anyway.
We tried Zend Framework 2. Timing was wrong. It was too new, not enough support or forums. ZF1 was too old and not worth becoming more familiar with unless we’re thrown into a legacy project.
Zend courses are really expensive. Recently we looked at the number of world wide Zend Accredited Engineers, and noticed peak was in 2009, although now the data is displayed differently it’s harder to confirm that finding.
Zend Server didn’t work on the Mac. It needed a reinstall every few weeks after strange frustrating problems. The Phalcon Module wasn’t compatible with it (not even sure it’s compatible with the Windows version – didn’t work in the VM anyway).
Last year CodeIgniter was a disappointment. Stack Overflow was saturated with a questions proving a lack of basic PHP understanding so it was difficult to get proper CodeIgniter help. CodeIgniter didn’t provide many useful features other than the MVC layout.
Laravel to the Rescue
There is so much support, documentation and help for Laravel. Everyday new Laracasts are being added. £150.00 for lifetime membership – and you can watch the videos more than once.
We look at these like a video manual more than a training exercise.
The courses are for any level and go deep into OO PHP and Software Design Patterns.
We feel like we’re moving forward quicker than ever.