^When developing an enterprise application in any language, tooling is almost as important to you as the way you use the tools. If you look at the success of languages such as Java you see an entire ecosystem of tools to make the lives of the developers, managers, and team as a whole better.
When it comes to tooling, the PHP world is no different. While I'll admit there are decidedly fewer options available to a PHP development team, those options that do exist are impressively robust and easy to use. One such category of tools is frameworks that help ease the pain of development and maintenance of applications for their entire lifetime while promoting best practices. One such framework is Zend Framework (ZF), where we will begin our voyage into the development of enterprise-class PHP applications.
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