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Spring vs Zend Framework: What are the differences?

What is Spring? Provides a comprehensive programming and configuration model for modern Java-based enterprise applications. A key element of Spring is infrastructural support at the application level: Spring focuses on the "plumbing" of enterprise applications so that teams can focus on application-level business logic, without unnecessary ties to specific deployment environments.

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.

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

"Java" is the primary reason why developers consider Spring over the competitors, whereas "Open source" was stated as the key factor in picking Zend Framework.

Spring and Zend Framework are both open source tools. It seems that Spring with 30.1K GitHub stars and 19.2K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Zend Framework with 5.71K GitHub stars and 2.87K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Spring has a broader approval, being mentioned in 316 company stacks & 179 developers stacks; compared to Zend Framework, which is listed in 39 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.

What is Spring?

A key element of Spring is infrastructural support at the application level: Spring focuses on the "plumbing" of enterprise applications so that teams can focus on application-level business logic, without unnecessary ties to specific deployment environments.

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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    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.

    How developers use Spring and Zend Framework
    Avatar of datapile
    datapile uses SpringSpring

    Spring is another gift rained down by the gods of Open Source Software (a.k.a. Pivotal Labs in this particular case) that just makes sense on all levels.

    From Spring Boot, to SpringMVC, the configuration architecture & profile paradigm, Spring Cloud expandability, to the ease with which one can deploy Spring applets as microservices within Docker is an absolute joy.

    Avatar of Giovanni Candido da Silva
    Giovanni Candido da Silva uses SpringSpring

    The core of the application use Spring Stack, to provide services and structure like:

    • Persistence
    • REST
    • Email
    • Security
    • Self contained application with spring boot
    • And many others.
    Avatar of Kang Hyeon Ku
    Kang Hyeon Ku uses SpringSpring

    그냥 간단한 MVC 웹 프레임 워크 인줄 알았는데 정말 모듈화가 잘 되있고, 사용하다보면 개발자에게 정말 편리하게 만들어 놓았다. vaildation 부분은 따로 처리 할 수 있고, 파라미터 담는 변수와 디폴트 값을 인자로 설정해 주는 부분도 참 좋은 것 같다. 또 spring-data 는 jpa 활용해 빠르게 개발하는데 유용하다.

    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 ByeongGi
    ByeongGi uses SpringSpring
    • SpringFramework 중 MVC , AOP 등의 라이브러리를 활용하여 웹 어플리케이션 프로젝트 구성
    • 공통 로직 구현 및 보안 처리 가능

    • Spring5에서 지원하는 함수형 프로그래밍 경험 있음

    Avatar of Ralic Lo
    Ralic Lo uses SpringSpring

    Used Spring Boot and its ORM to interacting with database server for web application development.

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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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