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Zend Engine

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Zend Engine

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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Web Server

Apache is appropriate for every scenario that I can think of, including use on Windows server.
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Zend Engine

I would say you can use Zend with any project of any size but in a personal experience I would recommend it more for small or medium sized projects. Since the code you will be writing with Zend has more verbosity than the one you can write with other frameworks, that might be a problem to maintain larger projects.
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Pros

  • Apache web server is free and doesn't come tagged with license/purchase costs.
  • Apache is the oldest web server and is widely used. The major advantage here is that all kinds of issues have been reported/resolved which gives an ease of understanding/ability for the user for install/support purposes.
  • It is the most widely used web server in the market and has been known to support new technology. This web server is continuously updated by a team of developers- keeping it up to standards.
  • Apache has a strong user community that helps with answering questions in any area - installation/support/maintenance/upgrade of this software.
  • Apache web server is a highly recommended server and its disadvantages outweigh its advantages any time.
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  • The performance is superior compared to other frameworks.
  • It's supported by the contributions of the core classes of PHP.
  • Extensive updated documentation.
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Cons

  • Quicker development of new features.
  • A slim version of Apache would be neat for use in small deployments.
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  • The code isn't that easy to understand.
  • The learning curve compared to other frameworks is bigger.
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Alternatives Considered

Apache is often used in conjunction with Nginx, with Nginx in front of Apache to serve static assets like CSS and JS. Both are easy to configure. IIS is pretty cumbersome and is not as flexible as Apache.
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It isn't the fastest but is one of the faster available. It's the only one currently supported actively by the PHP team itself.You might find more classes in Symfony for instance, but in the end, most of the core files will be supported above Zend classes either by extension or by encapsulation.The only con that I see is the learning curve required to adopt this framework, and the amount of additional work you will have to do to build PHP based apps with it.
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Return on Investment

  • It's open source so the price can't get any better.
  • It's easy to find people who know how to administer an Apache web server due to its popularity.
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  • The good thing of using Zend is the fact that it's supported by the team in charge of PHP itself so they will always be aligned with the road path of php.
  • Something bad is the learning curve. As a developer you will invest more time with Zend than with other frameworks.
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Pricing Details

Apache Web Server

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Zend Engine

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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