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Meteor vs Zend Framework: What are the differences?

What is Meteor? An ultra-simple, database-everywhere, data-on-the-wire, pure-Javascript web framework. A Meteor application is a mix of JavaScript that runs inside a client web browser, JavaScript that runs on the Meteor server inside a Node.js container, and all the supporting HTML fragments, CSS rules, and static assets.

What is Zend Framework? An open source, object-oriented web application framework implemented in PHP 5. Zend Framework 2 is an open source framework for developing web applications and services using PHP 5.3+. Zend Framework 2 uses 100% object-oriented code and utilises most of the new features of PHP 5.3, namely namespaces, late static binding, lambda functions and closures.

Meteor and Zend Framework can be categorized as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

"Real-time" is the top reason why over 244 developers like Meteor, while over 22 developers mention "Open source" as the leading cause for choosing Zend Framework.

Meteor and Zend Framework are both open source tools. It seems that Meteor with 41.2K GitHub stars and 5.03K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Zend Framework with 5.71K GitHub stars and 2.87K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Meteor has a broader approval, being mentioned in 195 company stacks & 156 developers stacks; compared to Zend Framework, which is listed in 40 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.

What is Meteor?

A Meteor application is a mix of JavaScript that runs inside a client web browser, JavaScript that runs on the Meteor server inside a Node.js container, and all the supporting HTML fragments, CSS rules, and static assets.

What is Zend Framework?

Zend Framework 2 is an open source framework for developing web applications and services using PHP 5.3+. Zend Framework 2 uses 100% object-oriented code and utilises most of the new features of PHP 5.3, namely namespaces, late static binding, lambda functions and closures.

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    What are some alternatives to Meteor and Zend Framework?
    React
    Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
    Angular 2
    Angular is a development platform for building mobile and desktop web applications.
    Node.js
    Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.
    Rails
    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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    Reviews of Meteor and Zend Framework
    Avatar of MichelFloyd
    Founder at cloak.ly
    Review ofMeteorMeteor

    I discovered Meteor thanks to my daughter who used it for a project at MIT. I was amazed at how much she had built in such a short time. I had also been trying to figure out how to build a browser-based crypto app so I jumped into Meteor and had an MVP for cloak.ly in a few short months starting from nothing. Learning Meteor really alters what you perceive as easy and difficult in full-stack development. It has an amazing ability to simplify your thinking and your code. Community support in terms of packages is outstanding as well which saves tremendous time. The quality of the software is outstanding with very few regressions cropping up during their frequent releases.

    Being at the bleeding edge of the js community does have its downsides however. While early Meteor (with Blaze/handlebars templates) was exceedingly simple, Meteor have had to introduce support for both angular and react. In combination with the move to ECMAscript this has resulted in a lot of work for developers to just keep up with the evolution of the platform. Someone who was an expert 6 months ago might quickly find themselves being a newb again. If you're someone who doesn't like change you may want to stick to jQuery.

    Living in the bay area I have the luxury of being able to attend Meteor events frequently. Having met many members of the MDG team, I have tremendous confidence in the future of the platform. This is a very solid group with a rare combination of broad vision and excellent execution.

    Avatar of pbrilius
    PHP Web Developer at GroundIn Software
    Review ofZend FrameworkZend Framework

    Zend framework is firstly designed for experienced professional developers, who have been part of international teams for years. With Zend Framework one could harness nuances of high scale eLearning, eCommerce and eBanking applications without fuss and implement robust, market demands meeting solutions. Zend Framework ships simple, without modules installed, so firstly to build up bare-bones for simple modular app, you will have to preinstall the set of GitHub hosted plugins and modules. Added to the mix, Microsoft is one of the main sponsors of the Zend Framework project, so your company would experience state of the art technologies mash up right away from the beginning of implementing theoretical application project to code stack. All in all, several international associations are awaiting you to enroll to enhance the experience of using Zend Framework 2.

    Review ofMeteorMeteor

    Meteor is my favorite framework. It makes everything fun. Syncing data across devices is really easy and you don't have to mess around with sockets at all. You can insert data into the database on the client. There's tons of security options. There's over 3000 packages on the packaging system. Instant iOS and Android apps. Amazing, reactive routing. Free hosting. Easy deployment with Meteor Up. What's not to like?

    Review ofMeteorMeteor

    Meteor is so powerful and flexible. I love it. In the near future, it will be the top-used framework.

    Review ofMeteorMeteor

    We have gone "all in" on Meteor and I recommend you do to.

    How developers use Meteor and Zend Framework
    Avatar of cloak.ly
    cloak.ly uses MeteorMeteor

    Without Meteor cloak.ly could not have been built as quickly by such a small team. Meteor was instrumental to getting an MVP up quickly and dealing with the complexities of browser-based encryption.

    Avatar of ShareThis
    ShareThis uses MeteorMeteor

    Built on Node.js, Meteor's real time reactivity and its wide package ecosystem allows us to quickly prototype and build apps in a lean way

    Avatar of La Cupula Music SL
    La Cupula Music SL uses Zend FrameworkZend Framework

    The older parts of our core are still using ZF1. We are migrating to simpler framework agnostic controllers with 3rd party components.

    Avatar of White Rabbit Express
    White Rabbit Express uses MeteorMeteor

    We've been doing all new development in Meteor for the past couple years. We've had Meteor apps in production since version 0.6

    Avatar of Giftstarter
    Giftstarter uses MeteorMeteor

    We would like to make magic with Meteor for the future of GiftStarter.

    Avatar of Hooked
    Hooked uses MeteorMeteor

    Hooked is built with Meteor as the primary application framework.

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    papaver uses Zend FrameworkZend Framework

    used zend with working with a client for around a year.

    Avatar of Markus Poerschke
    Markus Poerschke uses Zend FrameworkZend Framework

    The legacy application runs still on Zend Framework 1

    Avatar of In Situ Training
    In Situ Training uses Zend FrameworkZend Framework

    Reliable web framework

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