This framework is top-notch. This is a game changer for PHP MVC Frameworks. Developed by a small team and many contributors.
The PhalconPHP Framework is an absolute beauty! It’s faster than any other full set framework you’ll ever use. Speed-wise it makes other frameworks seem sluggish, simply because it’s compiled down into C. Check out these benchmarks.
PhalconPHP is a PHP extension written in C that you compile. This means the entire PhalconPHP framework does not have to be interpreted for every PHP call, nor must it call a massive series of library files. It’s in memory. This makes load times jaw-droppingly fast and memory usage very low. This also leaves your directory structure very minimal and clean!
In windows you just drop the DLL in your /ext folder and add the extension to your php.ini. In Mac and Linux, it requires you have Development Tools (gcc) and the php5-dev package installed. You then compile it and add the extension to your php.ini. For the full instructions go here. Compiling the extension should be faster than most Composer framework installations.
Everything You Need
Here are a few libraries it comes with: ACL, CLI, DI (Dependency Injection), Migrations, MVC, i18n, Cache, Event Manager, REST Micro Framework, Filter, Validator, and Logger. This is just scratching the surface. It even ships with their own Volt templating system which is similar to Twig.
You can have any file structure you like, and adjust everything in the bootstrap file (see here).
It took me three evenings to get my comfort level right in this application. The learning curve is very small if you are coming from MVC territory.
There is no need for me to rave anymore about this gem. I would check it out and start enjoying the luxury of the fastest full scale framework you can find! Here is the Download page!