Let’s have a chat about frameworks. Although certainly not the best choice for every development project, when used in the proper context, a framework can be incredibly powerful. By using one of the many frameworks available on the web, a savvy developer can significantly reduce development time while simultaneously creating compliant, structured, and easily-maintained apps.
There are a ton of different frameworks available to you as a developer, regardless of the language you’re programming in. Today, we’re going to focus on one in particular: Yii. Designed for the development of high-performance, Web 2.0 applications, the open-source Yii Framework has been around since 2008.
In that time, it’s carved itself a small but devoted following, particularly in the eCommerce world. Though it may not be the most widely-used framework in the world, there’s still a lot to love about it – and with the recent release of Yii 2.0, the future’s looking bright indeed.
Let’s have a look at how Yii measures up against the competition, shall we? We’ll start with what makes it great.
What Makes Yii Awesome?
Not surprisingly, one of Yii’s greatest strengths is performance. It’s capable of handling a fairly staggering number of requests per second, while its caching capacity is far superior to most of its competitors. Security, too, is a strong point, with a number of easily-accessible features to protect one’s site from cyberattack. Even better is the fact that once you’ve gotten the hang of things,Yii’s incredibly extensible; easily customized both through internal scripting and compatibility with third-party code.
Last, but certainly not least, Yii’s community – though small compared to that of other frameworks – has put out some excellent documentation, which goes a long way towards helping new developers learn the ropes.
What Are The Yii Framework’s Weaknesses?
Although you’ll find plenty of developers who’ll swear by the power of Yii, you’ll find plenty of others who absolutely can’t stand it. The framework tends to be verbose compared to the competition, with something of an over-reliance on static methods. What’s more, if you aren’t careful, your code can quickly become bloated (think arrays as far as the eye can see).
Yii also has a relatively steep learning curve – even as frameworks go, meaning it can be difficult to use for new developers.
So, Should You Use Yii?
In spite of its drawbacks, the Yii Framework is a great choice if you’re developing a website with a layered, structured design. This, along with its extensibility, error handling, and security, make it awesome for anything involving eCommerce. That said, if you’re developing a fairly large project, you may want to look at a different option – management of Yii’s code for larger websites and platforms can tend to get a little nightmarish.