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Using it since version 1, it's at version 3 with minimal breaking changes. Prior to PHP 7 it dominated in speed. With PHP 7 it's still insanely fast and uses low resources. You must install stubs in your editor to get autocomplete. The learning curve is a bit easier than Laravel - both of which are great frameworks. See More
Zephir is a high-level language designed to create PHP extensions easily by PHP programmers with no knowledge in C. Zephir does this by compiling directly to C and then the C program is in turn compiled to be run as a PHP extension. This, coupled with the fact that Zephir's syntax is very similar to PHP makes it a perfect way for PHP developers to use it for customizing Phalcon. See More
The Volt template engine, which is embedded into Phalcon itself takes it's inspiration from the Jinja template engine and as such it's nice to look at, with a clear and understandable syntax. Volt also compiles very fast, like Phalcon itself, so it avoids being a bottleneck for the framework's overall speed. 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
While it's true that Slim is a microframework, it's still too minimal. When used for throwaway projects or simple prototypes, it's perfect. But in the long run, it becomes less and less useful and you end up in implementing a full custom framework in trying to tackle all the missing features. See More
Rack is an interface used in Ruby frameworks used to group and order modules, which most of the time are Ruby classes, and specify between them. Slim uses a simple concept for it's middleware. By wrapping HTTP requests and responses it unifies the middleware into a single method call. See More
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
While the speed doesn't seem to be an issue with it (on local tests), in production it may be hindered. The framework creates a ton of files and folders, some of which your app might not even use. Not good if you don't like having a ton of folders and rigid non-standard PHP folder structure for development. See More
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