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Phoenix Framework vs Symfony: What are the differences?

Phoenix Framework: Most web frameworks make you choose between speed and a productive environment. Phoenix gives you both. Phoenix is a framework for building HTML5 apps, API backends and distributed systems. Written in Elixir, you get beautiful syntax, productive tooling and a fast runtime; Symfony: A PHP full-stack web framework. Symfony is written with speed and flexibility in mind. It allows developers to build better and easy to maintain websites with PHP. Symfony can be used to develop all kind of websites, from your personal blog to high traffic ones like Dailymotion or Yahoo! Answers.

Phoenix Framework and Symfony can be categorized as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools.

"High performance", "Super fast" and "Rapid development" are the key factors why developers consider Phoenix Framework; whereas "Open source", "Php" and "Community" are the primary reasons why Symfony is favored.

Phoenix Framework and Symfony are both open source tools. It seems that Symfony with 21.1K GitHub stars and 7.01K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Phoenix Framework with 14K GitHub stars and 1.76K GitHub forks.

Webedia, eTobb, and Chooos are some of the popular companies that use Symfony, whereas Phoenix Framework is used by, inkl, and The RealReal. Symfony has a broader approval, being mentioned in 374 company stacks & 277 developers stacks; compared to Phoenix Framework, which is listed in 73 company stacks and 46 developer stacks.

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I'm about to begin working on an API, for which I plan to add GraphQL connectivity for processing data. The data processed will mainly be audio files being downloaded/uploaded with some user messaging & authentication.

I don't mind the difficulty in any service since I've used C++ (for data structures & algorithms at least) and would also say I am patient and can learn fairly quickly. My main concerns would be their performance, libraries/community, and job marketability.

Why I'm stuck between these three...

Symfony: I've programmed in PHP for back-end in a previous internship and may do so again in a few months.

Node.js: It's newer than PHP, and it's JavaScript where my front-end stack will be React and (likely) React Native.

Go: It's newer than PHP, I've heard of its good performance, and it would be nice to learn a new (growing) language.

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Max Musing
Founder & CEO at BaseDash · | 6 upvotes · 94.9K views

Go with Node.js. There's something really satisfying about being able to use a single language across your entire tech stack. Especially once you integrate GraphQL, which is effectively JSON.

Your second best option is Go, but the ecosystem around Node.js is quite a bit stronger. This will play a big factor when you start building functionality like file management, messaging (especially in real-time), and authentication. The libraries and documentation are just stronger for Node.

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Decisions about Phoenix Framework and Symfony

#rust #elixir So am creating a messenger with voice call capabilities app which the user signs up using phone number and so at first i wanted to use Actix so i learned Rust so i thought to myself because well its first i felt its a bit immature to use actix web even though some companies are using Rust but we cant really say the full potential of Rust in a full scale app for example in Discord both Elixir and Rust are used meaning there is equal need for them but for Elixir so many companies use it from Whatsapp, Wechat, etc and this means something for Rust is not ready to go full scale we cant assume all this possibilities when it come Rust. So i decided to go the Erlang way after alot of Thinking so Do you think i made the right decision?Am 19 year programmer so i assume am not experienced as you so your answer or comment would really valuable to me

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Pros of Phoenix Framework
Pros of Symfony
  • 117
    High performance
  • 75
    Super fast
  • 69
    Rapid development
  • 60
    Erlang VM
  • 60
    Open source
  • 45
    Well designed
  • 43
  • 37
    Easily Scalable
  • 35
    Very extensible
  • 35
  • 11
    Functional Programming
  • 9
    Great community
  • 9
    Inspired by Rails
  • 8
    Beautiful code
  • 8
  • 6
  • 6
    Fault tolerant
  • 4
    Insanely fast and easy
  • 4
  • 4
    Feels like working with rails framework with more power
  • 3
    LiveView feature
  • 3
    Great integration with GraphQL
  • 3
    Benevolent dictator that decides project course
  • 2
  • 2
    Front-End Agnostic
  • 2
    Built-in websocket support
  • 1
  • 1
    Functional approach
  • 173
    Open source
  • 146
  • 127
    Dependency injection
  • 127
  • 120
  • 78
  • 72
  • 68
    Modular architecture
  • 45
    Smart programming
  • 42
  • 18
  • 14
    LTS releases
  • 9
    Easy to Learn
  • 9
  • 9
    Decoupled framework components
  • 8
  • 8
    Good practices guideline
  • 8
    Service container
  • 7
  • 6
  • 4

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Cons of Phoenix Framework
Cons of Symfony
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    No jobs
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    Very difficult
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    Too many dependency
  • 7
    Lot of config files
  • 4
  • 2
    Feature creep
  • 1

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What is Phoenix Framework?

Phoenix is a framework for building HTML5 apps, API backends and distributed systems. Written in Elixir, you get beautiful syntax, productive tooling and a fast runtime.

What is Symfony?

It is written with speed and flexibility in mind. It allows developers to build better and easy to maintain websites with PHP..

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