Zend Framework is a BOSSie Award Winner

September 1, 2010

News, Zend Framework

Last week, while I was on vacation, the news broke that href="http://www.infoworld.com">IDG’s InfoWorld had announced its annual
InfoWorld Bossie Award winners
(“Bossie” stands for “Best of Open Source Software”), and that href="http://framework.zend.com/">Zend Framework had won the “ href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source/bossie-awards-2010-the-best-open-source-application-development-software-140&current=4&last=1#slideshowTop">best open source application development software” award.

I am one of the privileged few to have worked with Zend Framework since before the original public pre-alpha release. In August 2005, when I was flown to Zend’s Cupertino offices to interview for a position, one of my interviewers was Mike Naberezny. After a few minutes of vetting me, he opened up his IDE and showed me this thing he was working on, “Zend Framework.” What he showed me at the time captured my imagination: the company with the best known name in the PHP industry was building an application framework, and the code I was seeing was simple, straight-forward PHP. It was the first time I’d seen a framework I was actually interested in using — even if it was in its early, early infancy. I knew at that moment that I wanted to be involved in the project.

While Zend Framework today is often considered an industry standard, it was fairly groundbreaking when it was first introduced. Other frameworks such as CakePHP and symfony were already released and popular, but we shook things up:

  • We required PHP 5 from the outset.
  • We required a Contributors License Agreement for all contributors.
  • We required unit tests for all contributions.
  • We required end-user documentation in addition to standard API documentation for all contributions.

Basically, Zend Framework set the bar high both for contributions and usage. However, this has aided in keeping a high quality framework, pushing PHP 5 adoption, and increasing awareness around best practices within the PHP industry. Since then, a number of PHP 5-only frameworks have appeared, and several frameworks have stopped supporting PHP 4; many are now requiring CLAs; most mainstream frameworks now have testing and documentation requirements.

Since the public announcement in autumn 2005 of the framework, and the first public preview release the following spring, Zend Framework has grown astronomically, both in size and popularity. We have literally hundreds of contributors, many dozens of components, and a vibrant community of users ranging from rank beginners to seasoned professionals. These are the people who make Zend Framework a success.

I, for one, am proud to be part of this project. Please join me in a hearty round of congratulations to the Zend Framework community!

About Matthew Weier O'Phinney

Matthew is an open source software architect, specializing in PHP. He is currently project lead for Zend Framework, a project with which he has been involved since before the first public preview release. He is a Zend Certified Engineer, and a member of the Zend Education Advisory Board, the group responsible for authoring the Zend Certification Exam. He contributes to a number of open source projects, blogs on PHP-related topics, and presents talks and tutorials related to PHP development and the projects to which he contributes. You can read more of his thoughts on his blog, weierophinney.net/matthew/.

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7 Responses to “Zend Framework is a BOSSie Award Winner”

  1. eimantas Says:

    I am not guru and there is much to learn for me, but as long as I see now ZF ir great from the writing style and the way how it take advantages of latest php features.

    But if we look from rapid developement side and perfomance I would argue if it is among leaders.

    Also I don’t the online zend documentation, it is really pain in the ass when you a trying to find info.

    Take a look at Yii and Symthony2

  2. eresende2k Says:

    Simply the best PHP framework ever.
    Congratulations to all the mentors, gurus and newbies that made this award possible.
    Let’s keep the good work and win next year’s award.

    Cheers to us all!!!

  3. roskov Says:

    Congrats, comrades!

  4. dasersoft Says:

    it wouldnt be but the best idea that you guys came up with zend framework. at a time i was angry with the so numerous global variables in PHP’s framework and the the messy structure of the language that i almost migrating to Django (Python) but then zf surfaced, i loved it so much. it kept my interest in PHP. you are a mentor, weierophinney.

  5. elydelacruz Says:

    Thank the heavens you guys took the initiative on a framework idea as good as this one. You all have pushed the bar to the next level and have created a ground on which PHP programmers of all levels can prosper on their programming endeavors from now on and years to come!
    Congrats on the BOSSie and keep up the good work!

  6. netroby Says:

    Zend Framework is better and better now.

  7. kathryn_lang1974 Says:

    Congratulations weierophinney!