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9 Best Features of Symfony

By Sithara Nair | Jan 3, 2019

Symfony is touted as one of the biggest, high on features PHP frameworks making it a top favorite while building beautiful web applications for businesses!

One of the biggest distinguishing factors that make it so awesome is the bundles and components that it comes with. Symfony has also earned its reputation as one of the most reliable, fast and easy to work with frameworks. Let’s have a look at some of its best features.

Flexibility

Why bundles? One of the biggest reasons would be that it makes decoupling of front and back ends easier, which means it is possible to cut down on the entire development costs, by reconfiguring and reusing the components. Developers love these components as they breakdown routine tasks allowing them to focus on other features that add value to the business and help in removing dependencies in the architecture. What fewer dependencies essentially mean is that it is easy to make changes without risking breaking up of other features associated with the system. Overall, the developer can leverage the components to create a highly flexible and scalable solution that adapts to any requirements and scenarios.

Reputation

Launched in 2005, Symfony was swiftly adopted by professionals in the industry. Today the framework is known for its stable environment which is why it is well-known in the developer community and internationally acknowledged and accepted. It is clear that Symfony has come a long way since the time it was launched. It has a great active community, users, integrators, developers, and other contributors willing to be a part of its continuous enrichment.

Innovation

Symfony has all that you would expect from a framework i.e. speed, development, and use of best practices etc. Not bad! But lately, it has gained a sense of curiosity which is way beyond PHP and is held in high regard in the innovation department as well – where it can accommodate ideas into the world of PHP. Plus, it seeks ongoing improvement in the productivity of developers, conceived from other frameworks, whether PHP or others.

Reliability

When compared to other frameworks that have failed to prove their reliability over time, Symfony has had the best of successes. Most of the memorable platforms, such as Drupal, Magento, and eZ Publish use its components which is why many companies trust Symfony with their website and related digital experiences.

Use & Performance

Symfony has a huge fan following made of both novice and advanced users, allowing to the fact that Symfony offers complete flexibility and comes with a lot of community support and documentation. It has easy configuration files in YAML and also has embedded best practices within the framework allowing the users immediately start leveraging the framework. To improve the performance of the system, Symfony provides multiple methods and caching mechanism. 

Test & Debug

It has a powerful and extensible debugging toolbar that shows all the required information to make debugging easy. This toolbar and an integrated profiler which comprises of information which articulates every step of the application, providing you with explicit information on how long it takes to render an appropriate view or how much memory was used in the execution of an action. In order to assure stable working of an application every newly added line of code must be tested. The nonappearance of strict dependencies, reusing bundles and the opportunity to develop design patterns grants better maintainability. The use of PHP unit independent library makes unit testing a piece of cake and the related automation helps reduce the developer’s routine for functional testing.

Deployment

It is a real breeze to deploy Symfony, as there is no necessity to waste extra time or energy for manual deployment or develop an automated deployment tool. It supports a separate configuration for development, staging, production instances of a website!

Documentation

The main issue that many technologies and frameworks face is that either documentation is incomplete or outdated. Symfony is considered to have one of the best documentation systems when compared with others. It is well-structured, clearly written, supplied with sufficient examples and version updated and has a complete detailed explanation of every component and development process.

Large community & Long-term support

Symfony is an open-source framework and many experts/enthusiasts from around the globe take part in making the code better for everybody. This is a well-tested and stable framework that also gets updates on a regular basis. One of the most influential conditions for its survival is a good community. The website community has more than 2,000 official contributors which are also several times larger than other PHP frameworks communities. They not just create new components, they contribute to solving emerging issues if any and help others with advice.

Reference Links:

https://hackernoon.com/7-good-reasons-to-use-symfony-framework-for-your-project-...
https://symfony.com/six-good-reasons
https://www.grossum.com/blog/why-use-symfony-framework
https://www.techcronus.com/blog/reasons-to-use-symfony-framework-with-features-a...
https://www.valuecoders.com/blog/technology-and-apps/advantages-of-using-symfony...
https://www.brainvire.com/blog/benefits-of-switching-to-symfony-2/
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Sithara Nair

Software Tester
Sithara works as a software tester at NetiApps. The years of experience testing for bugs across technologies like Drupal, Wordpress, React, Laravel, Magento to name a few, inspires her to build listicle blogs on why each of these technologies may be the right fit for you. Sithara has a bachelor’s degree in computer applications and is an avid reader - technology and horror being the top favorites.