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CakePHP vs PHP: What are the differences?

What is CakePHP? The Rapid Development Framework for PHP. CakePHP makes building web applications simpler, faster, while requiring less code. A modern PHP 7 framework offering a flexible database access layer and a powerful scaffolding system.

What is PHP? A popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development. Fast, flexible and pragmatic, PHP powers everything from your blog to the most popular websites in the world.

CakePHP belongs to "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category of the tech stack, while PHP can be primarily classified under "Languages".

"Open source" is the primary reason why developers consider CakePHP over the competitors, whereas "Large community" was stated as the key factor in picking PHP.

CakePHP and PHP are both open source tools. It seems that PHP with 23.9K GitHub stars and 5.53K forks on GitHub has more adoption than CakePHP with 7.9K GitHub stars and 3.4K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, PHP has a broader approval, being mentioned in 8910 company stacks & 2940 developers stacks; compared to CakePHP, which is listed in 66 company stacks and 29 developer stacks.

What is CakePHP?

CakePHP makes building web applications simpler, faster, while requiring less code. A modern PHP 7 framework offering a flexible database access layer and a powerful scaffolding system.

What is PHP?

Fast, flexible and pragmatic, PHP powers everything from your blog to the most popular websites in the world.
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    Laravel
    It is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. It attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.
    CodeIgniter
    CodeIgniter is a proven, agile & open PHP web application framework with a small footprint. It is powering the next generation of web apps.
    WordPress
    The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.
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    Rails is a web-application framework that includes everything needed to create database-backed web applications according to the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern.
    Django
    Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.
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    Decisions about CakePHP and PHP
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    StackShare Editors
    HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine)
    HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine)
    Hack
    Hack
    PHP
    PHP

    Throughout 2016, Slack began migrating from PHP5 to Hack. They cite several well-known challenges inherent to PHP, including surprise type conversions, inconsistency around reference semantics, inconsistencies in the standard library, and the fact that “PHP tries very, very hard to keep the request running, even if it has done something deeply strange.”

    To overcome these challenges while maintaining the unique values of PHP, Slack turned to Hack, a gradual typing system for PHP. Hack runs on the HipHop Virtual Machine, or HHVM, an open source just-in-time (JIT) environment for PHP.

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    PagerDuty
    PagerDuty
    Slack
    Slack
    Go
    Go
    PHP
    PHP
    Java
    Java
    Python
    Python
    Ruby
    Ruby
    Node.js
    Node.js
    Sqreen
    Sqreen

    I chose Sqreen because it provides an out-of-the-box Security as a Service solution to protect my customer data. I get full visibility over my application security in real-time and I reduce my risk against the most common threats. My customers are happy and I don't need to spend any engineering resources or time on this. We're only alerted when our attention is required and the data that is provided helps engineering teams easily remediate vulnerabilities. The platform grows with us and will allow us to have all the right tools in place when our first security engineer joins the company. Advanced security protections against business logic threats can then be implemented.

    Installation was super easy on my Node.js and Ruby apps. But Sqreen also supports Python , Java , PHP and soon Go .

    It integrates well with the tools I'm using every day Slack , PagerDuty and more.

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    Sparker73
    Sparker73
    Frontend Developer · | 6 upvotes · 22.4K views
    PHP
    PHP
    .NET
    .NET
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    Node.js
    Node.js

    Node.js is my choice because it uses very few resources to run and it is capable to handle tons of connections simultaneously. Most developers already know JavaScript, the evolution of ECMAScript is immediately reflected to Node.js and all you have to do is update your Server's Node.js version without time and effort. Thousands of improvements that makes it very powerful especially in asynchronous programming. The web is full of courses, dev communities, free sample code, plunkers and many knowledge sources on Node.js that facilitates the learning curve. What else we can ask from a legendary language that is still evolving? I am learning Node.js by developing a simple REST WebAPI and using it as a playground to test situations in which the main objective is to challenge Node.js and compare results and performance with .NET implementations and certain well known fast PHP implementations. Until now the results are astonishing. Summarizing: Node.js for backend is so far (in my opinion) the most recommended solution to get positive achievements in size, speed, power, concurrency, scalability, deployment and running costs.

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    Antonio Sanchez
    Antonio Sanchez
    CEO at Kokoen GmbH · | 11 upvotes · 84K views
    atKokoen GmbHKokoen GmbH
    ExpressJS
    ExpressJS
    Node.js
    Node.js
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    MongoDB
    MongoDB
    Go
    Go
    MySQL
    MySQL
    Laravel
    Laravel
    PHP
    PHP

    Back at the start of 2017, we decided to create a web-based tool for the SEO OnPage analysis of our clients' websites. We had over 2.000 websites to analyze, so we had to perform thousands of requests to get every single page from those websites, process the information and save the big amounts of data somewhere.

    Very soon we realized that the initial chosen script language and database, PHP, Laravel and MySQL, was not going to be able to cope efficiently with such a task.

    By that time, we were doing some experiments for other projects with a language we had recently get to know, Go , so we decided to get a try and code the crawler using it. It was fantastic, we could process much more data with way less CPU power and in less time. By using the concurrency abilites that the language has to offers, we could also do more Http requests in less time.

    Unfortunately, I have no comparison numbers to show about the performance differences between Go and PHP since the difference was so clear from the beginning and that we didn't feel the need to do further comparison tests nor document it. We just switched fully to Go.

    There was still a problem: despite the big amount of Data we were generating, MySQL was performing very well, but as we were adding more and more features to the software and with those features more and more different type of data to save, it was a nightmare for the database architects to structure everything correctly on the database, so it was clear what we had to do next: switch to a NoSQL database. So we switched to MongoDB, and it was also fantastic: we were expending almost zero time in thinking how to structure the Database and the performance also seemed to be better, but again, I have no comparison numbers to show due to the lack of time.

    We also decided to switch the website from PHP and Laravel to JavaScript and Node.js and ExpressJS since working with the JSON Data that we were saving now in the Database would be easier.

    As of now, we don't only use the tool intern but we also opened it for everyone to use for free: https://tool-seo.com

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    Gev Balyan
    Gev Balyan
    Founder at UCRAFT · | 3 upvotes · 18.5K views
    atUCRAFTUCRAFT
    PHP
    PHP
    MySQL
    MySQL
    Composer
    Composer
    Ember.js
    Ember.js
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    Laravel
    Laravel

    We recently decided to rewrite Ucraft's Laravel from scratch.

    The goal is to make everything more Laravel friendly that will speak to frontend JavaScript , built on Ember.js via JSON Patch standard. This will also make out app better extendible and overridable.

    The namespeaces are going to be more correct and the app itself will be compatible with Composer packages.

    This also improves the connection between MySQL and PHP making the reoccurring MySQL queries cached during the lifecycle.

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    Ajit Parthan
    Ajit Parthan
    CTO at Shaw Academy · | 3 upvotes · 5.2K views
    atShaw AcademyShaw Academy
    Python
    Python
    PHP
    PHP
    #Etl

    Multiple systems means there is a requirement to cart data across them.

    Started off with Talend scripts. This was great as what we initially had were PHP/Python script - allowed for a more systematic approach to ETL.

    But ended up with a massive repository of scripts, complex crontab entries and regular failures due to memory issues.

    Using Stitch or similar services is a better approach: - no need to worry about the infrastructure needed for the ETL processes - a more formal mapping of data from source to destination as opposed to script developer doing his/her voodoo magic - lot of common sources and destination integrations are already builtin and out of the box

    etl @{etlasaservice}|topic:1323|

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    SVN (Subversion)
    SVN (Subversion)
    Git
    Git
    JSON
    JSON
    XML
    XML
    Python
    Python
    PHP
    PHP
    Java
    Java
    Swift
    Swift
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    Linux
    Linux
    GitHub
    GitHub
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code

    I use Visual Studio Code because at this time is a mature software and I can do practically everything using it.

    • It's free and open source: The project is hosted on GitHub and it’s free to download, fork, modify and contribute to the project.

    • Multi-platform: You can download binaries for different platforms, included Windows (x64), MacOS and Linux (.rpm and .deb packages)

    • LightWeight: It runs smoothly in different devices. It has an average memory and CPU usage. Starts almost immediately and it’s very stable.

    • Extended language support: Supports by default the majority of the most used languages and syntax like JavaScript, HTML, C#, Swift, Java, PHP, Python and others. Also, VS Code supports different file types associated to projects like .ini, .properties, XML and JSON files.

    • Integrated tools: Includes an integrated terminal, debugger, problem list and console output inspector. The project navigator sidebar is simple and powerful: you can manage your files and folders with ease. The command palette helps you find commands by text. The search widget has a powerful auto-complete feature to search and find your files.

    • Extensible and configurable: There are many extensions available for every language supported, including syntax highlighters, IntelliSense and code completion, and debuggers. There are also extension to manage application configuration and architecture like Docker and Jenkins.

    • Integrated with Git: You can visually manage your project repositories, pull, commit and push your changes, and easy conflict resolution.( there is support for SVN (Subversion) users by plugin)

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    Ajit Parthan
    Ajit Parthan
    CTO at Shaw Academy · | 1 upvotes · 4K views
    atShaw AcademyShaw Academy
    Python
    Python
    PHP
    PHP

    Multiple systems means there is a requirement to cart data across them.

    Started off with Talend scripts. This was great as what we initially had were PHP/Python script - allowed for a more systematic approach to ETL.

    But ended up with a massive repository of scripts, complex crontab entries and regular failures due to memory issues.

    Using Stitch or similar services is a better approach: - no need to worry about the infrastructure needed for the ETL processes - a more formal mapping of data from source to destination as opposed to script developer doing his/her voodoo magic - lot of common sources and destination integrations are already builtin and out of the box

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    Epistol
    Epistol
    PHP
    PHP
    Bulma
    Bulma
    Asana
    Asana
    Stripe
    Stripe
    Let's Encrypt
    Let's Encrypt
    CloudFlare
    CloudFlare
    Deployer
    Deployer
    Git
    Git
    GitHub
    GitHub
    Ubuntu
    Ubuntu
    nginx
    nginx
    Buddy
    Buddy
    Webpack
    Webpack
    Vue.js
    Vue.js
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    HTML5
    HTML5
    Sass
    Sass
    Google Analytics
    Google Analytics
    PhpStorm
    PhpStorm
    Laravel
    Laravel
    #CDG
    CDG

    I use Laravel because it's the most advances PHP framework out there, easy to maintain, easy to upgrade and most of all : easy to get a handle on, and to follow every new technology ! PhpStorm is our main software to code, as of simplicity and full range of tools for a modern application.

    Google Analytics Analytics of course for a tailored analytics, Bulma as an innovative CSS framework, coupled with our Sass (Scss) pre-processor.

    As of more basic stuff, we use HTML5, JavaScript (but with Vue.js too) and Webpack to handle the generation of all this.

    To deploy, we set up Buddy to easily send the updates on our nginx / Ubuntu server, where it will connect to our GitHub Git private repository, pull and do all the operations needed with Deployer .

    CloudFlare ensure the rapidity of distribution of our content, and Let's Encrypt the https certificate that is more than necessary when we'll want to sell some products with our Stripe api calls.

    Asana is here to let us list all the functionalities, possibilities and ideas we want to implement.

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    Lidiexy Alonso
    Lidiexy Alonso
    Senior Software Engineer at Palinode LLC · | 6 upvotes · 7.6K views
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    PHP
    PHP
    PhpStorm
    PhpStorm
    React Native
    React Native
    #IDE

    As developer at Applied Health Analytics we decided to create a React Native App. In terms of #IDE I'm a good fan of PhpStorm cause we have a lost of PHP in the backend, but I definitely gave a try to Visual Studio Code and now is my primary JavaScript #IDE. I was impress how fast VS Code has become the No.1 @JavaScript Editor in the community.

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    Tom Klein
    Tom Klein
    CEO at Gentlent · | 4 upvotes · 28.8K views
    atGentlentGentlent
    Python
    Python
    Electron
    Electron
    Socket.IO
    Socket.IO
    Google Compute Engine
    Google Compute Engine
    TypeScript
    TypeScript
    ES6
    ES6
    Ubuntu
    Ubuntu
    PostgreSQL
    PostgreSQL
    React
    React
    nginx
    nginx
    Sass
    Sass
    HTML5
    HTML5
    PHP
    PHP
    Node.js
    Node.js
    JavaScript
    JavaScript

    Our most used programming languages are JavaScript / Node.js for it's lightweight and fast use, PHP because everyone knows it, HTML5 because you can't live without it and Sass to write great CSS. Occasionally, we use nginx as a web server and proxy, React for our UX, PostgreSQL as fast relational database, Ubuntu as server OS, ES6 and TypeScript for Node, Google Compute Engine for our infrastructure, and Socket.IO and Electron for specific use cases. We also use Python for some of our backends.

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    Labinator Team
    Labinator Team
    at Labinator · | 13 upvotes · 64.2K views
    atLabinatorLabinator
    Debian
    Debian
    Manjaro
    Manjaro
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Sublime Text
    Sublime Text
    WordPress
    WordPress
    PHP
    PHP
    Vanilla.JS
    Vanilla.JS
    Sass
    Sass
    CSS 3
    CSS 3
    HTML5
    HTML5

    At labinator.com, we use HTML5, CSS 3, Sass, Vanilla.JS and PHP when building our premium WordPress themes and plugins. When writing our codes, we use Sublime Text and Visual Studio Code depending on the project. We run Manjaro and Debian operating systems in our office. Manjaro is a great desktop operating system for all range of tasks while Debian is a solid choice for servers.

    WordPress became a very popular choice when it comes to content management systems and building websites. It is easy to learn and has a great community behind it. The high number of plugins as well that are available for WordPress allows any user to customize it depending on his/her needs.

    For development, HTML5 with Sass is our go-to choice when building our themes.

    Main Advantages Of Sass:

    • It's CSS syntax friendly
    • It offers variables
    • It uses a nested syntax
    • It includes mixins
    • Great community and online support.
    • Great documentation that is easy to read and follow.

    As for PHP, we always thrive to use PHP 7.3+. After the introduction of PHP 7, the WordPress development process became more stable and reliable than before. If you a developer considering PHP 7.3+ for your project, it would be good to note the following benefits.

    The Benefits Of Using PHP:

    • Open Source.
    • Highly Extendible.
    • Easy to learn and read.
    • Platform independent.
    • Compatible with APACHE.
    • Low development and maintenance cost.
    • Great community and support.
    • Detailed documentation that has everything you need!

    Why PHP 7.3+?

    • Flexible Heredoc & Nowdoc Syntaxes - Two key methods for defining strings within PHP. They also became easier to read and more reliable.
    • A good boost in performance speed which is extremely important when it comes to WordPress development.
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    Tassanai Singprom
    Tassanai Singprom
    Slack
    Slack
    BrowserStack
    BrowserStack
    Sentry
    Sentry
    Kibana
    Kibana
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    npm
    npm
    GitLab
    GitLab
    GitHub
    GitHub
    Git
    Git
    Elasticsearch
    Elasticsearch
    Postman
    Postman
    Google Analytics
    Google Analytics
    MariaDB
    MariaDB
    GraphQL
    GraphQL
    Amazon RDS
    Amazon RDS
    Lumen
    Lumen
    Laravel
    Laravel
    Firebase
    Firebase
    Vue.js
    Vue.js
    Sass
    Sass
    Ubuntu
    Ubuntu
    Amazon EC2
    Amazon EC2
    Redis
    Redis
    jQuery
    jQuery
    HTML5
    HTML5
    PHP
    PHP
    JavaScript
    JavaScript

    This is my stack in Application & Data

    JavaScript PHP HTML5 jQuery Redis Amazon EC2 Ubuntu Sass Vue.js Firebase Laravel Lumen Amazon RDS GraphQL MariaDB

    My Utilities Tools

    Google Analytics Postman Elasticsearch

    My Devops Tools

    Git GitHub GitLab npm Visual Studio Code Kibana Sentry BrowserStack

    My Business Tools

    Slack

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    Ali Soueidan
    Ali Soueidan
    Creative Web Developer at Ali Soueidan · | 16 upvotes · 82.5K views
    npm
    npm
    Babel
    Babel
    PHP
    PHP
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Illustrator
    Asana
    Asana
    ES6
    ES6