CakePHP 3.0: A Brief Introduction

PHP allows you smooth and cost-effective development. Though, initially the coding standards offered by PHP were challenging but with time as PHP development matured, it opened up avenues for developers.

Though you would find a lot of MVC based framework options already being used, CakePHP stands a far ahead in this race compared to its contemporaries. The right combination of selective features and technically controlled system that CakePHP is tuned in with makes it the choice of developers from all corners of the world. This is certainly the reason why the framework ranks among top 4 PHP projects on GitHub out of an odd number of 130,000 other such projects.

Great work of contributions from the community and continuous up-gradation by the experts has brought this framework to a great shape.

Now with the launch of alpha version of CakePHP 3.0, the whole idea of CakePHP development is further taken to a different level altogether.

This new version of CakePHP is in lines with what is expected from it as a top-rated solution that it has been all these years, but of course in a better and a bigger way – allowing it to remain a leading force in wide landscape of MVC based frameworks.


Now what exactly CakePHP 3 is? How come it has managed to better-up the existing framework? What is the major facility that is offered by the version?

Let’s find out the major features and enhancements of CakePHP 3.0:

Better Performance

Ensuring a better performance, the version 3 incorporates enhancements to the bootstrap process, routing process and many other processes and aid to the complete CakePHP application development providing helper templates to the developer.

Enhanced components and helpers

Well, with highly filtered and selected technology parameters involved to support the development to ‘flash messages’ with the help of the newly introduced FlashHelper and FlashComponent, CakePHP 3 is all suited to supply quality development facilities faster and better than ever. To top it up, CookieComponent goes in making it easier to configure cookie namespaces and managing the all the related data.

Improved Session Management

You don’t need to manage sessions through a static class any more. With the new version you can use the request object $this->request->session () to call the session and test and even manage it in different segregated and simpler parts. It also allows CakePHP to use PHP Unit 4.x to have a better cross-session response within the process.

Improved consistency of conventions

Now this one is interesting. They have kept the directory structure the same and just worked on the application and plug-in skeletons to make it compliant to the entire system and bring more consistency in the performance order.

Themes and plug-ins merged

To keep it moving, CakePHP 3 has made its themes better in terms of quality and range, offering it the enhanced functional resources and integrated system facility. It gives you a completely different experience when you can use any plug-in as a theme or a part of it. Further, it has a great role in making the product packaging even more simplified and smooth.

ORM Improvements

Object-relational mapping has undergone a lot of API changes which makes it now easier to approve and establish associations with saving operations. This has gone far in reducing the complexity in the learning curve and making the adoption process easy by changing a few system conventions and technical approaches.

CakePHP 3.0 is certainly the next generation utility that has been crafted to make the existing system easy to use and track. It also attempts to keep it practically proven and well-opinionated to serve the latest web standards. Quite approvingly, with such changes implemented and made to work with the evolved needs, CakePHP application development seems to have a great time ahead and looks quite in shape to offer more dynamic and effective results – pertaining to the latest web propositions with all the modern ways of development that CakePHP 3.0 has to offer.