PHP: land of a thousand frameworks

Ask me which framework to use and I'll probably have a grumpy old woman moment and tell you that all frameworks are as bad as one another. Which is not to say they are all bad, exactly, but in PHP we have an unimaginably large number of frameworks (usually cited as N+1, where N is the number of PHP developers in the world), and they all probably made sense to the person that invented them.

Having a choice of frameworks is probably better than trying to use only one framework, regardless of what exactly you were trying to build, because it's the 'best' one (by whatever measure of 'best'). This selection of framework offerings means that you can pick something that meets the needs of the project and it might even be documented. Frameworks on any platform are really there to provide structure, reusable modules and libraries, and generally avoid all the boring and repetitive tasks to do with building the same functionality over and over. For example when building CMSes, something should process and validate form fields for me; if left to my own devices I may miss out something important and I'd much rather do the elements of each project that are different, rather than the ones that are the same every time!

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