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Support for PHP frameworks in the CodeLobster IDE

Sooner or later, each developer will get the task to execute the project not only qualitatively, but also as quickly as possible.

So it has happened to me. It was necessary to think, with the help of what is it possible to accelerate the work?

Lately, I have been programming since it includes a complete set of modules to support the most popular and useful PHP frameworks.

Let's take a closer look at PHP frameworks that are supported in the CodeLobster IDE.


CakePHP is both an MVC and ORM framework, one of the most popular today. It works very well with databases, for example, MySQL, SQLite, and PostgreSQL.

Creating, for example, a controller in the CakePHP software environment, you can significantly speed up the process using auto-completion, to do this, start typing the code and press Ctrl + Space.

CakePHP is designed to work on the concept of Rapid Application Development (RAD). If you follow the conventions on the names of tables and columns, you can easily create and save objects in the database.

Also, scaffolding is supported - it is code generation based on the specification created by the programmer.

There are also many modules for expanding the standard functionality of the framework.

In CodeLobster, you can get an instant pop-up hint about a specific function of any of the supported libraries.

Simply hover the mouse pointer over its name and the IDE will immediately provide a description, including the parameters that are received and the return value.


CodeIgniter - it is quite fast and not demanding to host the framework. It is well documented, there are many examples of its use on the network.

When CodeIgniter was created, many innovative ideas were introduced, and some developers use this framework to create their libraries and content management systems.

It facilitates the implementation of routine tasks, such as working with files and images, sending mail, and managing user sessions, as well as validating forms.


Laravel - open source PHP framework, it works on the principles of Model - View - Controller.

It calls itself a PHP framework for web artisans, and it is aimed at creating simple and elegant code.

It has well-implemented such common tasks as user authentication and sessions, caching, and dividing data by pages (pagination).

Laravel has a built-in REST controller and supports autoloading of PHP classes and unit testing.


Phalcon provides high performance, it is written in C and is delivered as a separate module for the server.

It has a low-level architecture, it practically does not affect the load of the processor and the system, because the module code is compiled.

Phalcon facilitates the creation of MVC applications and uses ORM to save classes and objects in the database, also it supports transactions.

There are many additional useful functions, for example, REST-controller, autoloader of PHP classes, built-in template engine, and other components.


Symfony is a component PHP framework, it consists of a set of libraries, in total there are about 50 different components available.

The developer can use any suitable component or set of components. This speeds up the process of creating and deploying web applications since all repetitive coding tasks are already implemented.

When creating libraries for Symfony, the best PHP development experience was used, for example, effective solutions from the Drupal code and phpBB were borrowed.


Twig template engine

Twig - a template engine with a compilation of templates, it is part of the Symfony framework you already know.

It is very fast, flexible and secure, easily extended, any functionality might be rewritten and redefined using plug-ins.

A template can contain both variables and expressions, so we can embed logic in our templates.

Twig differs by the possibility of inheriting from the parent template, the programmer can override any part of it.


Yii - Yes It Is!

Yii is a popular framework that helps you build applications using the MVC approach.

It includes tools for implementing such routine tasks as user authentication and authorization, form validation, page caching, and support for multilingual.

For those who are engaged in creating user interfaces, it will be nice to know that in this framework there is an opportunity to use different themes, and the latest version includes support for Bootstrap.


Working with CMS in CodeLobster IDE

CMS are content management systems, they already have all routine tasks implemented, there is a built-in template engine and there are tools for convenient and transparent work with various databases.

In fact, they are frameworks with advanced user interfaces for site administration and the ability to select and customize themes.

Using CMS and its extensions, you can very quickly deploy a complex Internet portal or website for e-commerce.

Next, I list with which systems CodeLobster works:


Drupal is a functional platform with a powerful set of APIs, experienced programmers can build their own content management systems based on it.

It has a large community of developers, and therefore, a huge number of modules and quality-free themes are created.

Even a beginner with only basic programming skills will be able to create a website, blog, or forum on Drupal.

It is necessary for modern IDEs to support the work with Drupal.

In CodeLobster we can install this CMS, create modules and work with Drupal themes and templates.


Magento is an e-commerce platform based on the PHP Zend Framework. While it is demanding on hosting resources, it has an extensive set of opportunities.

With the help of plug-ins, it is easy to integrate with various payment methods and payment systems, for example, PayPal, Authorize, Payflow Pro, and others. Also pay by check, credit card or bank transfer are possible.

Magento allows you to create functional sites for online shopping, it supports multiple currencies and a multilingual user interface.


Joomla is an open-source system. For those who have at least minimal programming skills, this CMS will be very convenient and useful.

Using templates in Joomla is very simple, and many programmers believe that it is great for creating online stores.

It is a component system and, therefore, easily expandable. Components in the Joomla environment are plugins, templates, and modules.



WordPress is a content management system that has repeatedly received awards as the best Open Source CMS.

It has a huge community of users and developers, thanks to this we have got a lot of free themes and plug-ins for implementing projects of any scale.

Based on WordPress you can create a personal blog or a complex news portal and easily customize the site.

With CodeLobster, you can modify any WordPress component to fit your needs.

All functions of WordPress, Actions, Filters, and their parameters are supported, and the work with official documentation is very convenient.

Also in CodeLobster IDE, there is a separate interface that allows you to install WordPress in automatic mode, using the wizard.

Let's sum up

Now, after reading this article, you simply have to become an expert in PHP frameworks. We have got a lot of opportunities to choose from, and CodeLobster IDE has built-in support for various PHP libraries and CMS.

But IDE only helps the programmer to implement his tasks, the programming environment does not solve strategic issues for him.

You need to carefully plan your work before you start writing code. In the future, while developing the web application or site you will be tied to the architectural features of the framework and its API.

Do not forget that choosing the right framework is not an easy task, because the PHP framework or CMS is the base, namely, the foundation for successful project construction.
By Anil Singh | Rating of this article (*****)

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