When it comes to web development at a fast pace without compromising on the user experience and excellence in user interface, most developers opt for PHP frameworks. These days two frameworks, namely, Laravel and Symfony grabbed the attention of many web developers due to a range of benefits ranging from speed of development, performance, learning curve, flexibility, scalability and several other factors.
There are many PHP developers who are still confused about making a choice between these two PHP frameworks for their web development project. Considering the fact that both are equipped with a rich reserve of sophisticated capabilities, making such a choice is a bit difficult. This is precisely the reason why we are going to make an in-depth comparison of these two popular frameworks for web development.
If you are going to hire PHP developer for your next web development project, knowing the intricacies of these two frameworks and their differences is important. Let’s start with the very basics and explain each of these frameworks and their respective benefits separately before going to compare their similarities and differences.
Ever since it was released in 2005, it rose as the most mature and reliable PHP framework for building enterprise web apps. There are many reasons that make Symfony development such a big choice for so many enterprise apps to this day. Here below we are going to explain the pros and cons of the Symfony framework in detail.
Symfony has a lot of pro capabilities and features that gave it such wide acclamation among enterprise web app developers. Let us briefly mention the pros of Symfony for web application development.
As no PHP framework is fully perfect and every one of them at least comes with one or two shortcomings, Symfony is no different in that respect. It has its share of cons as well. Let us mention some prominent cons of Symfony for web app development.
Laravel, the second option among the two choices in our present discussion equally deserves to be seen with all the positive light. It is also regarded as one of the leading PHP frameworks popular among the vast majority of web development services because of its simplicity, performance and fast-paced development. Laravel is the PHP framework which is principally known for reduced development time with a simple coding approach.
Here are the basic and elementary features of the Laravel PHP framework.
Now that we have come to know about the basic and elementary characteristics of Laravel, let us have a look at the pros and cons of using Laravel for web app development.
Apart from the array of pros or benefits that Laravel developer enjoys, the framework also comes with an array of shortcomings. Let us have a look at these areas that work as the pulling factor for the framework.
As of now, we have explained the respective features, pros and cons of these two frameworks. Now, it is time to compare these two frameworks for specific web development needs. By comparing various aspects of these two frameworks we will clarify the similarities and differences of them for web app development.
Both frameworks use PHP as their core programming language but there are serious differences in respect to the PHP version they use. These differences are equally important for a Laravel and Symfony developer. While Symfony relies on the universal code of PHP, Laravel uses traits and modules of PHP enduring smaller and more understandable syntax. This gives Laravel a slight edge over Symfony in terms of simplicity in code.
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For approaching databases, the two frameworks have serious differences. While Symfony uses Doctrine, Laravel uses Eloquent. This difference particularly becomes relevant for migration and access to data. Let’s explain the differences here below.
Symfony comes with a lot of reusable code and allows optimum modularity. This gives Symfony a slight edge over Laravel. On another level, both frameworks are built with MVC architecture which is helpful for building a web application. Both frameworks use good template engines, though the template engine used by Laravel works much better for reusing code than the one used for Symfony.
There are serious differences between these two frameworks in terms of website loading speed that any web development company should take into account. While both come with the ability to cache views, the difference in loading speed stands out. While Laravel takes around 60 milliseconds to load a page, the same page takes around 250 milliseconds with Symfony.
Are you considering which PHP framework suits your web development needs best? Do you need expert advice for finding the best PHP framework for web app development? Feel free to drop us your query and we are going to respond at the earliest.
WRITTEN BY: Atman Rathod
Atman Rathod is the Founding Director at CMARIX Technolabs Pvt. Ltd., a leading web and mobile app development company with 17+ years of experience. Having…
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