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Lumen as a framework is at it's full potential when used alongside it's older brother. Lumen was created to be used for microservices alongside Laravel, which is used for more user-facing applications. If a project is already using another framework other than Laravel, it would be better to use another microframework for microservices instead of Lumen. See More
By using Pimple, the Silex application extends the Pimple class, which in turn is nothing more than an implementation of the ArrayAccess interface that has been a part of PHP since version 5.0. This makes it possible to use an instance of the Application class as if it were an array. Like so: $app = new Silex\Application(); $app['config'] = new Config($config_path); This gives developers a great deal of flexibility when injecting dependencies and when testing. See More
The default ORM for this framework is missing some features such as joins. But it's important to keep in mind that it's a small plugin, only 23KB in size which still can be replaced with a larger ORM if needed. An alternative the drop in f3-cortex ORM which is popular, and supported by the community, which supports Joins and much more. See More
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