Allan Koskei Kibet and Mathew Juma Otieno both former Computer Science students at Moi University, Eldoret, ( they graduated in December 6th, 2011) have come up with a web application framework dubbed Zilas PHP.
A web application framework
is a type of framework, or foundation, specifically designed to help developers build dynamic web applications. Frameworks provide core functionality common to most web applications, such as user session management, data persistence, and templating systems and provide libraries for database access, templating frameworks and session management, and they often promote code reuse. Most common frameworks include Cake PHP, CodeIgniter, Yii, Zend Framework, Nette Framework and Oil.
The Zilas PHP Framework is an MVC based set of PHP codes and libraries that enhances and easen a PHP developer’s experience while developing huge projects or small projects that are to be delivered really quick. The Zilas PHP Framework runs on PHP 5.3 and above and has a unique capability of auto including CSS and JS files, making a developer’s life really easy, while ensuring that the application is almost atomic.
Though Zilas PHP Framework is yet to be launched, the two say they have already developed a number of websites based on it such as Garden City.com, Mentor Group, and icaafrica.com an aaiprojects.com/turea.
Their Zilas PHP Framework is designed to make it easier to develop both dynamic and static sites as it greatly solves the problem of broken links and has a learning curve that so light. The framework also comes with a bunch of important helpers, like XML parsers and SMS integration module. With several modules being added.
The Zilas PHP Frameworks
uses PHP 5.3 and above and MySQL thought we are trying to implement ORM, to help it work seamlessly with Oracle, SQL lite, and Postgress databases.
He says that the platform has features such as
PHP 5.3 +, Auto loading of CSS and JS, Device Detect capability, SEO, Browser Detect, Caching, XML parsers, is simple to use and is MVC based. The yet to be launched framework has been used by Agency Africa
, which has built a number of applications on the Zilas PHP framework.
“Zilas PHP Framework is to be open source, but then we could build some very advanced plug-ins for it that can be purchased at an affordable cost for advanced development,” Mathew adds.
Sure, he told TechMoran he might be the only one on the continent to come up with such a framework.
He said, “I am optimistic that this is going to be the first one” and added that people still use other frameworks in use include Cake PHP, CodeIgniter, Yii, Zend Framework, Nette Framework and Oil but he is confident his is the first locally developed framework simple to use and secure.
Being only two has meant they spend most of their developing it and testing their final product equally hard due to what he says inadequate testing environments and eventually take it global.
Prior to Zilas PHP Framework, Mathew had earlier tried his hands at a web-based bulk SMS system.