Zend Framework (ZF) is a PHP5-based, object-oriented, MVC-compliant collection of professional PHP packages for web application development.
The framework includes support for a large number of databases, such as:
- MS SQL
The framework also includes support for a large number of development and testing tools, such as:
- JSON RPC server
- Travis CI service
- PSR-7- compatible HTTP message handling functionality
- PHPUnit for testing
- XML to JSON conversion.
Zend Framework is used by more than 184 million installations worldwide. It provides developers with a robust, easy-to-use way to develop and maintain modern web applications and services using a wide array of PHP language features.
The main vendor of Zend Framework is Zend, a Rogue Wave Company. However, since Zend Framework is an Open Source Product that is licensed under the New BSD License, it benefits from contributions from other parties, including major global software development companies such as Google, Microsoft, and many others. These contributors improve and extend the framework through new components, features, and interfaces for integration with 3rd-party web services and technologies.