Silex

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The PHP micro-framework based on the Symfony2 Components

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Silex review by Vincent C.
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"Great micro-framework for small applications"

What do you like best?

This is a really a great micro-framework for writing small applications with only a few pages or like middleware APIs.

The main benefits are that it is based on the Symfony framework which is a full of quality framework and decoupled in multiple components that you can re-use independently on your applications.

There is also a lot of Silex built-in providers that allows to use these components into Silex such as Twig, Asset management, Doctrine, Form, Translation, and much more...

Finally, in the case of a micro-application that only do one single job, you can write your Silex application in only one PHP file.

What do you dislike?

It's a micro-framework so you have to define your project structure yourself, there is no really best practice to organize your things, it's up to you.

You cannot use Symfony bundles into Silex as it is not bundled with Symfony Config component and mechanism that could allows that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Find out what are the main features you need into your application and have a look if you have all the providers you need in order to make sure Silex is a good response to your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Writing high-performances and small applications and also micro-service applications that could be APIs for example.

Problem solved for me are really based on performances because you don't have to load a lot of libraries as it is done on a lot of frameworks. Here, you only load providers you need into your application.

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Silex review by Matteo M.
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"A perfect php framework to build RESTful API"

What do you like best?

Silex is the best micro framework php I've used for several reasons:

- it is very simple to create a simple rest api for your application, even if you are new to web framework;

- it has no dependency with all the stuffs involved in the other web frameworks;

- you could create a simple web service or a complete application writing all in one file;

- it is fully compatible with useful ORM such as Propel or Doctrine;

- it supports Twig out of the box;

What do you dislike?

In Silex lot of Symfony bundles are not compatible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read docs! :P

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Web applications, RESTful API service

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Silex review by Victor Henrique R.
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"Awesome Framework"

What do you like best?

The best is the simplicity off course. Very light framework. Best framwork i ever used.

What do you dislike?

Controllers. I miss the controllers. We can setup them after, but i guess it can come with them. Or an cli command to build up some skeletons like Phalcon PHP ou Laravel.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just give it a chance. You won't regret it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Silex made my development very productive. After Silex, i can make any hostsite or simple api in a few hours. Simple to configure, and initialize. We can use with shared hosts using a simple htaccess file.

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