Yii is a high-performance, component-based PHP framework for developing large-scale Web applications rapidly. It enables maximum reusability in Web programming and can significantly accelerate your Web application development process. Yii is a simple but very powerful application framework with a very short learning curve. Its component-based design allows us to customize it for our needs without directly modifying it — maintaining upgradability. It’s amazing how we were able to use it not just on our main app and our API, but also on our daemons!
Yii features include:
- Generation of complex WSDL service specifications and management of Web service request handling.
- Security measures include cross-site scripting (XSS) prevention, cross-site request forgery (CSRF) prevention, cookie tampering prevention, etc.
- Unit and functionality testing based on PHPUnit and Selenium.
- Automatic code generation for the skeleton application, CRUD applications, etc.
As Yii follows the MVC pattern, it helps you develop clean and reusable code, ensuring a clear separation of logic and presentation. You can model database data in terms of objects and avoid the complexity and tedious nature of writing repetitive SQL statements. Collecting form input is both safe and easy, as Yii comes with a set of validators as well as numerous helper methods and widgets. Yii is light-weight and equipped with sophisticated caching mechanisms, it is especially suited to high-traffic applications, such as portals, forums, content management systems (CMS), eCommerce systems, etc.
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