The Intro

CakePHP is an open-source framework for PHP intended to make developing, deploying and maintaining applications much easier. CakePHP offers many useful design patterns, such as the Model-View-Controller pattern, seen in other popular frameworks like Ruby On Rails. The CakePHP framework also provides a slew of valuable reusable libraries for dealing with common tasks

Why Should you go for Cake PHP

A significant amount of development time with PHP is spent rewriting common code for routine operations such as database access or returning data to the browser. Of course, all this routine code can quickly become disorganised in traditional PHP applications. What is needed is a framework for PHP that does what Ruby On Rails did for Ruby.

Below are just a few things CakePHP offers to make development easier.

  • Free Open-Source MIT License allowing you to use CakePHP applications within any of your own projects.
  • Compatibility with both PHP4 and PHP5. The minimum version needed is 4.3.2.
  • Support for MySQL, PostgreSQL SQLite, PEAR-DB and wrappers for ADODB, a database abstraction library.
  • Model-View-Controller layout.
  • Easy CRUD (Create, Read, Update and Delete) database interaction.
  • Scaffolding to save production time.
  • Search Engine Friendly URLS.
  • Input validation and sanitization tools to make your applications much more secure.
  • Templating with familiar PHP syntax.
  • Caching Operations.

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