I am PHP dev, for more than 8 years working in a company that used Zend Framework as base for our sites. During those years I did not have time or interest to play with new frameworks. I will soon begin to develop a site that will need
- blog for few editors
- classifieds section
- part of site that will be similar to Stack Exchange
- user login - easy, i.e. Google of Facebook integration
- many more modules aka widgets
- maybe a forum
What would suite me perfect is a framework that has basic classes, for URL routing, DB connection, PHP standard template (or pick the one I prefer). Can support submodules of a site i.e. admin area, basically small sites in a main site.
It would be great if the framework can be used in jQuery spirit unlike ZF which in my opinion is too strict / complex / bloated. For example I would like for a DB class to have functionality similar to and same for other classes
DB::setConnection('whateverneeded'); $results = DB::getArray('select id form X where ?' , $Y); or DB::update($table,$where=array('X'=>$X,'Y'=>$Y , $data=array(K=>V .... );
It would be nice to have premade themes but it is not a priority and maybe some standard plugins. So basically bare-bone easy to use framework.
Also I am not strict to PHP though I prefer it. I hear a lot about Node.js but also hearing that it likes to eat memory a lot. Also is Django any good? Also I see lot of people asking on Stack Overflow "how to do XX in Laravel?".
Any input from users that had a chance to develop on such platform will be greatly appreciated.