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What should you prefer-Symfony or Laravel​​?

 

PHP is one of the most trusted and indeed the best programming development for web development in today’s era.It nearly covers around 80% of all the existent web applications.

 

In this case, coding them from scratch every single time does not seem real and seems like a waste of time. The web developers have various solutions here, that is they make use of various frameworks and tools to fasten up the repetitive tasks.

 

Few of them are Yii, Phalcon, Slim or Codeigniter; but for the PHP framework comparison, we would compare two of the most relevant and trustworthy application environments, namely Symfony and Laravel.

 

Talking about the benefits of using the PHP frameworks, following are some of the general benefits of using them:

 

  • Well- organized codes which can also be re-used
  • Appropriate practices and tools
  • Scalability of any web application
  • Easy and fast development

Talking about the benefits of using the PHP frameworks, following are some of the general benefits of using them:

 

The web developers have various solutions here, that is they make use of various frameworks and tools to fasten up the repetitive tasks.

 

Few of them are Yii, Phalcon, Slim or Codeigniter; but for the PHP framework comparison, we would compare two of the most relevant and trustworthy application environments, namely Symfony and Laravel.

 

What should you prefer-Symfony or Laravel?

 

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Separation of logic and presentation under MVC pattern
Undoubtedly, Laravel is considered to be the most popular framework, according to the Google Trends period of the last 5 years,(2012-2017), Symfony( which is considered to be of second in trend), empowers larger projects such as Drupal CMS.

 

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In the upcoming sections of the blogs, we will be going through Symfony vs Laravel while going through the key parameters and considering the web application development company thus comparing both Symfony and Laravel considering these parameters in mind.

 

Thus, it’s high time we start with some basic information to compare the PHP frameworks to build up the web projects.

 

Parameter

Symfony

Laravel

Launch year

2011

2011

Current version

3.3

5.4

Number of contributors

1,400

1,400

License (Free for commercial use)

MIT License

MIT License

Number of packages

7,500

16,900

Number of questions at StackOverflow

51,500

67,900

Number of open-source projects

25,300

76,200

Github stars ratings

14,900

7,800

LTS(long term support)

+

 

General introduction

Symfony framework was established by the French company Sensio Labs-which offers plenty of reusable packages and tons of components and libraries ready to be used again.

 

A developer can handle complex tasks such as object configuration, templates, or authentication etc with its help. Also wrapped up with plenty of features, it cannot be understood easily i.e. is not very welcoming to go through all its features.

 

But, if we talk about its structure, then it has a full flexibility stack and also uses Twif for template engine purposes. This was all about Symfony.

Talking about the Laravel framework, it is the wide and the vibrant community that offers plenty of support materials for any of the aspect that you wish too.

 

Besides having the ability for the “rapid” web development, it also has its own range of templates; that is Blade, and also a sub-framework for PHP- that is Lumen, for the coding and other microservices.

 

Obviously, both of these frameworks have many similarities.But when we talk about their work in PHP programming languages, in terms of operating systems, both of them are multi-user and have multi-language contents.

 

Both Symfony and Laravel are in one way or other related to model view controller pattern(MVC) for interfaces, scaffolding and also support text search.

 

Moving ahead to the comparison between Symfony and Laravel:

Code organization

Symfony comprises of various components that can be reused and tends to offer better modularity. As both of these frameworks use the MVC architecture to develop web applications, Symfony surely comes up as a better option for various complex projects.

 

One can come up with numerous components for a single project in a modular fashion. This, in turn, would enable faster development.

 

 

The case wherein Symfony and Laravel differ is the template engine. While it is Blade for Laravel, on the other hand, it is Twig for Symfony.

 

Due to the reusability of codes, Blade surely has an upper hand as here, one does not need to define both the functions twice, as in the case of Twig.

 

Parameter

Symfony

Laravel

Patterns

Factory, Composite, QueryBuilder, Flyweight, Observer, Dependency Injection, Data Mapper

Builder, Factory, Repository, Strategy, Provider, Facade, ActiveRecord, Dependency Injection

HTML Templating

Twig

Blade

REST API compatibility

+ (with FOSRestBundle)

+

Scaffolding

+

+

Multilanguage

+

+

MVC

+

+

Installation via composer

+

+

PHP Standards Recommendations

+

+

ORM

+

+

PhpStorm plugins, support

+

+

Multiply drivers support DB, storage

+

+

Full-text search

+ (ElasticSearch)

+ (ElasticSearch)

CI support, QA

PHPUnit

 

Be it Laraval or Symfony, both of them imply object-relational mapping (ORM) technique for conversion of data. While we have various installation procedure options for both these frameworks, one can install either of them using a composer, which always lays a sign of relief for any developer.

 

Continuous integration (CI)

 

Every tie we change the code, a review is a must, along with various tests and also re-configurations.

 

Continuous integration (CI) is one such practice that automates various tasks as such aimed to find the errors at early stages.

 

Also, as we know that there are various continuous integration tools and also servers at some extent within the PHP environment, thus, let us now observe how are the frameworks going to be supported by the CI services. Consider this as the next level of testing for Laravel or Symfony.

 

CI Service

Symfony

Laravel

Comments

Travis Ci

+

+

Works through Git and is not dependent on any framework.

Style CI

+

+

Works through Git and has preset for both Symfony and Laravel.

Drone

+

+

Works through Git and is not dependent on any framework.

Codeship

+

+

Supports all popular PHP frameworks, works through Git, valid parameters needed.

Circle CI

+

+

Works with all frameworks has documentation and PHP Laravel demo.

Jenkins

+

+

Works through Git, independent of any framework, has PHP Laraval template.

 

AS we know that Jenkins is quite a popular CI server, you can directly obtain self-hosted CI packages from Laravel and Symfony.

 

But when we talk about the database support, Symfony is a clear winner(Dynamodb, NoSQL and more), whereas Laravel has less to be kept in its pocket.

 

Performance and scalability

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Symfony and Laravel help to catch views, though Symfony caught source codes by default. Many of you might not know this fact, but what is really funny is that Laravel is actually built with the help of Symfony.

 

Even more interesting part is that Laravel works way too fast when Symfony is catching the source code. Isn’t it quite a booster for the performance? Oh, and by the way, the average time taken for loading websites on Laravel is reported to be 60 milliseconds, whereas it is 250 for the ones on Symfony.

 

Test case

To analyze and compare the performances of Symfony and Laravel, we came up with an idea to create a test web application. That is a simple one-page app for each framework that also includes a single action for opening it. So here is the task:

 

 – Find out(Extract) 1000 items from the given database, where each comes up with a unique title, price, and stock)

– Come up with nearly 1000 orders for all of them.

-Keep the database updated with stock quantity.

-Update the stock quantity in the database.

-Know the total order price

 

With the help of Apache Benchmark, we conducted two load testing stimulation for two of the largest web servers empowering the Internet: Apache and Nginx. After conducting all these tests, following results were obtained:

 

Testing

Symfony (seconds)

Laravel (seconds)

Apache (10 requests, 1 user)

15.35

6.50

Apache (1 000 requests, 10 users)

638.56

202.66

NginX (10 requests, 1 user)

7.53

6.44

NginX (1 000 requests, 10 users)

658.73

211.85

 

 

Documentation and learning curve

When we talk about leaning materials and documentation, without a doubt Laravel beats Symfony and comes up as the ultimate winner.

 

Laracasts, that is the tutorial and support videos that it provides covers up every nook and corner of the topic in detail, whereas the materials at their Laravel Github docs are purely extensive.

 

For explaining the components, bundles, service containers and more, we have the Symfony documentation.

 

Parameter

Symfony

Laravel

Learning curve

Middle

Low

Installation complexity

Low

Low

Events/Community

+

+

Documentation

Basic

Textual and video

Certification

+

Upcoming

 

Also, this has always been a topic of discussion for most of the developers that the learning curve for Symfony is without a doubt higher when compared to Laravel.

 

The latter comes up as more intuitive and suits up perfectly fine to build the back end portions of the web-projects, whereas preferably working on the front-end with Javascript frameworks such as Angular.

 

Symfony vs Laravel: Here comes the conclusion:

Let’s be honest:

 

Laravel surely is gaining and most importantly maintaining the momentum since last few months.It comes up as the best option for large-scale projects which are in dire need of faster delivery with extremely fewer resources.

 

On the other hand, Symfony surely proves to be better for the complicated enterprise level web-based applications, which also demands the use of higher skills.

 

According to Mr. Taylor Otwell, Founder of Laravel,

“ Laravel is the strongest contender in the PHP ecosystem as it includes those features which are needed to develop modern web applications.”

 

To sum up, following are the main advantages of Symfony web framework:

  • Faster than all the PHP frameworks present
  • Reusable components which help in reducing cost and time
  • Multiple options available for extensibility purposes
  • Optimal performance(HTTP-centric request/response) and adaptability
    Given are some of the important aspects of Laravel web framework:
  • Easier and simpler authentication.
  • Easy overall management and data migration
  • Auto-loading arrangements(thus no need for manual maintenance)
    -Ultra modern and advanced Query builder mechanism.
    – also, something unique that is event object principle is provided rather than event string for managing various new events in applications.
    Thus, both of them have their own set of queries and options, but which one to go for is totally your call after clearly understanding your requirements and then choosing accordingly.

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