11 Reasons to Choose the Yii Framework
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Open source community always surprises users with new technologies and new frameworks that help in designing applications quicker and easier. The Yii is one such open source, object oriented and component based MVC PHP web application framework. It is an abbreviation for “yes, it is”. The history of Yii is interesting. This project was an alternate solution to the problems of PRADO framework. But unlike PRADO, Yii was efficient in operations and had controls that were easy to customize and use. Hence, after improvisations the Yii was launched in 2006 with an alpha version. Currently the Yii 2.0 version is running successfully in the market. Here are 11 reasons to choose the Yii framework to design expert web application for real time scenarios.
Hassle free installation
Yii is developer friendly as it takes very less time to get installed. The setup time and pre installation sequence are very less time consuming. Also the main installation is guided and uncomplicated. One has to configure the Yii as per the documentation and probably after a reboot your Yii is ready for use. If there are any issues while installation like abrupt cancellation, the log records all the installation activities so that one can debug the cause
Powered by state of the art technology
Yii is powered by modern technologies like OOP and MVC. Also it includes some advanced PHP features, like late binding, SPL interfaces, anonymous namespaces and functions, etc. Every class belongs to a namespace and thus including a helper class is simple and straightforward. The complete framework is installed with composer tool.
Scalable component design
The Yii comes with extensible components that can be easily tailored to fit one’s needs. Every component is extensible as there is an extension repository that consist of user written components which can be fit easily into the framework. The Yii is one such extension which can be used to create widgets like grids and JQuery UI.
Test framework integration
The Yii is integrated with the suitable PHP testing framework known as codeception. This creates simple yet effective unit, functional and acceptance tests for any application. This way the developer only needs to write the test functionality and need not spend time on creating new test classes or interfaces from scratch.
Yii framework comes with excellent documentation which is officially shipped along with the product. It guides the user step by step with tutorials. There are samples for application development like creating a blog or adding theme to a blog, etc. In addition, there is a detailed description of every Class reference library that includes code snippets, a list of the attributes of the class, its methods, its events and its properties. Since this is an open source platform, user generated documentation is also available for Yii.
Generate code easily and quickly
Code generation is simple with Yii. It customizes your application to suit your needs. This is achieved using the Gii tool that does web based code scaffolding and helps to generate quick codes. The GII tool helps to create templates for models, controllers, forms, modules, extensions and save them for further use. This saves a lot of time and syntax errors in the future.
Boost performance by tuning
Yii supports great techniques for tuning the performance of a web application. It supports layered caching that enhances the speed of the application. Its extensible cache component gives one the liberty to choose the cache component, while running an API interface. One can also choose multiple cache components at once.
Efficient log generation
If error handling is important for a web development tool, even log generation is equally important. The log lists where the error occurred and this helps developers to trace and fix the issue quickly. Yii’s logging support is very accommodating, extensible and flexible. In Yii one can set log levels and classify the log messages in either of the bins. There is a selection criterion with Yii with whose help the log messages, text files, or even image can be routed to different deployment platforms like client’s browser window.
A web page development framework is incomplete without background theming toolboxes. Yii too has an excellent theming support that makes the web page look gorgeous and eye catching. Each theme file in Yii has its own layout, .css and JSP files. If the theme needs to include icons or bitmaps, then these resources are also maintained in the folder corresponding to every theme. Each theme has a name and the same is the name of the resource folder for easy access.
Superior error logging
Error handling is an important part of web application design. If any call fails internally, the framework must have a proper error handling mechanism to capture the error and classify it into a defined type. Yii has a splendid error handling mechanism that is based on PHP5 extensions. Whenever a PHP warning or unknown exception occurs while running the application, one of the many error handlers capture the error and reports the same along with freeing memory and terminating the application gracefully.
No copyright infringement
Unlike some toolkits, this version of Yii 2.0 that is compatible to PHP 5.4 or above is licensed under the new BSD License, under clause-3 which states that one can use this tool to develop an open source educational project or proprietary web application. One can thus easily use the YII libraries in their code without any copyright issues. Even the documentation and logo is licensed under corresponding authorities to avoid future conflict
These are some of the reasons why the Yii framework is a good option for you to install and develop quick, time efficient web application.