Zend Expressive – The Latest Technology for Developing PHP Applications on the Web

With the latest release of Zend’s latest version of PSR-7, this article gives a comprehensive overview of the different related benefits of using the middleware framework for developing PHO web applications, along with limitations that are yet to be addressed.


Recently there’s been a lot of buzz centring round Zend’s latest release of the expressive PSR-7 (PHP Standard Recommendation) micro framework. This article is here to give a 30,000 feet overview on the ways how this latest release will be helpful for developing HTTP middleware in PHP applications for the Web.

Development of interactive complex web applications

Zend expressive enables the development of complex webs applications with a set of simple PHP interfaces for working with HTTP requests and responses, URIs, and uploaded file representations. PSR-7 is a code that sits your requests and the response. It allows developers to write small, targeted, reusable and web-facing codes to be used in frameworks that consume the middleware. PSR-7 is all set to empower the progression of middleware ecosystem as an alternative to MVC development models.

Flexible Architecture

This latest version of release by Zend Technologies pledges to make the lives of developers easier by making it simpler to implement effective and efficient micro services. Now, the scope of these micro services is very limited in nature, and as a result of this, developers can write codes and APIs that are typically brief, precise, to the point and very much succinct, which in turn allows efficient development and simplified deployment.

Suitable for big enterprises

In addition to the flexible architecture, the middle work framework also provides a distinctServerRequestInterface with which one can scrutinize and deploy the HTTP request method, the headers and the body. With a separate ServerRequestnterface, there are additional abstractions to fill in the gaps in PHP’s implementation. It also allows for non-server API implementations which provide a way for creating asynchronous PHP-based web applications in a similar fashion to Node.js.

Better Control and security

Apart from the applications coding and framework related benefits, Zend has also revealed that PSR-7-based PHP applications works at a much faster rate over its traditional counterpart – the MVC frameworks. Additionally, these applications are also beneficial is a way that they use just a small fraction of the CPU and the memory.

Although the PSR-7 framework for the development of PHP web applications promotes rapid application development, ease of use, simplicity of deployment and high level of performance, but they do not have a balanced architecture, as a result of which developers have to decide the structure and design the architectures as and when the application expands. Zend believes that the middle ware framework basically promotes the first step of designing and performance at the cost of long-term maintenance. Clear and concise long-term maintenance goals of applications are something that developers should keep in mind while deciding the architectural framework.

Zend is making serious efforts to address the long-term maintenance story with Expressive. But on a positive note, in spite of all the short-comings, Zend Technologies have altogether paved a new path for the development of PHP web-applications.

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