How to use Symfony in your IT projects
If you are at the beginning of a new IT project, you have some tough choices to make. First off, you need to decide what technologies should be used to finish it. Nowadays, this question revolves around two things – a programming language and a framework. In this blog post, we will show you one such pair – a programming language called PHP and an accompanying framework – Symfony.
Today, you have an abundance of programming languages you can choose in your IT project. Why should you think of PHP? For starters, every IT project needs the back-end layer and the front-end layer. PHP will help you with the first one. It’s a server-side scripting language that is embedded in HTML. It’s very flexible; you can use it to manage your databases (PHP can be integrated with a whole list of databases, including MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server) and create projects intended for all major operating systems. Moreover, if you are skilful with PHP, you can use this language to implement some advanced PHP features in client-side applications.
If you have already decided to use PHP in your project, it’s now time to pick a framework that will accelerate and streamline your work. Here, Symfony is a valid choice. And here’s why.
Use Symfony in your project
Today, there are over 600,000 developers using Symfony in their IT projects. That’s because this framework offers many significant advantages. First off, Symfony comes with a set of software components that can be used to streamline work and make your project more useful. With Symfony, you have to write less code, which means the risk of error is significantly lowered. In other words, using Symfony means greater productivity and an easier way to finish your digital product.
Let’s see how to implement Symfony in your project.
How to use Symfony
In order to create an IT project with this framework, you need to install a web server (like Apache) and configure it to run Symfony. However, if you need just local development capabilities, you can use the local web server provided by the Symfony binary. Their local server offers support for HTTP/2, concurrent requests, TLS/SSL, and automatic generation of security certificates.
On the Symfony website, you will find a comprehensive guide directing you step by step through the installation and setup process.
BENEFIT FROM A READY-MADE METHODOLOGY
Symfony comes with a methodology that guides you step by step through the development process. Such a structured approach enables you to work more effectively on the most complex aspects of your tasks, thus ensuring full stability, maintainability, and upgradeability of the IT projects that you develop using Symfony.
ADD MORE COMPONENTS TO YOUR PROJECT
Symfony Components are decoupled libraries for PHP applications. They are extremely useful because they help you make the project fully functional. There are hundreds of available components you can use in your project. Let’s have a look at some of the most popular ones:
- Console: Eases the creation of beautiful and testable command-line interfaces
- EventDispatcher: Provides tools that allow your application components to communicate with each other by dispatching events and listening to them
- Translation: Provides tools to internationalize your application
- Routing: Maps an HTTP request to a set of configuration variables
- Config: Helps you find, load, combine, autofill, and validate configuration values of any kind
- BrowserKit: Simulates the behavior of a web browser, allowing developers to make requests, click on links, and submit forms programmatically
- Mailer: Enables sending e-mails
- Form: Allows to create, process and reuse HTML forms easily
- Templating: Provides all the tools needed to build any kind of template system
Of course, the list of available extensions, libraries, and plugins is much longer – you can check them all out on the linked website.
MAKE THE MOST OF THE WORLDWIDE COMMUNITY OF SYMFONY DEVELOPERS
When you use Symfony, you are never on your own with the project. You can work and talk to other Symfony developers who are always helpful. All you need to do is join SymfonyConnect – a professional network of Symfony developers. Through this community, you get access to:
- GitHub (where you can ask Symfony-related questions)
- Slack chat (where you can get real-time support)
And always remember – we are here to help you, too! Symfony is one of many frameworks that we use in our IT projects. If you want to develop a new digital product using Symfony and you need an experienced team to help you with that – we are at your service. Go to the contact section and tell us something more about your project.