CakePHP: An Overview

CakePHP is an open source framework for PHP. It is original and extensively supported framework. This framework is based on the MVC (Model — Views — Controller) like architecture which is both dominant and easy to interpret. CakePHP utilizes well-known software engineering concepts and software design patterns, such as convention over configuration, model-view-controller, active record, association data mapping, and front controller.

CakePHP was established in April 2005, by a Polish programmer Michal Tatarynowicz. In December 2005, L. Masters and G. J. Woodworth established the Cake Software Foundation to boost development related to CakePHP. First version of CakePHP was released on May 2006.

MVC based architecture assures a strict but natural segregation of business logic from data and presentation layer.

Models: They are the effective portrayal of your databases.

Views: The template files that present their views to the user.

Controllers: They contain the logic behind the application.

Companies use CakePHP with a purpose of developing and managing applications much easier. This architecture benefits the developers to boost the maintainability and compose the site’s code.

CakePHP has the following benefits:

• It applies simple design patterns which make coding clear and easy to imply. 
• It adopts MVC architecture. 
• It is easy to understand. 
• It is quick and adjustable. 
• It supports reverse routing. 
• It is cost-effective 
• Increases time efficiency. 
• 100% information protection.

The above listed benefits make CakePHP not only most suitable frameworks for PHP but also different. Its modest yet most important goal is to provide relevant structure to the PHP applications.

CakePHP is a mature framework which is more relevant for those PHP developers who require structure and time — saving benefits of Ruby on Rails, without having to leave their comfort zone or get their head around obscure ruby syntax. Using Cake’s Scaffolding, it is feasible to build a prototype application at the earliest, using minimum amount of codes. It has a large number of helper classes accessible to enhance and design the application with retaining a logical and conveniently maintainable architecture.

Since, CakePHP is regularly developed and backed up by extensive documentation along with a firm support by the community — it has made the possibilities endless. Companies that are using CakePHP are — Bangkok Airways, CNBC, Autotrader, Head Honchos, Sony Music, etc.