We are close to release Orchid, the new Framework

orchid framework

Am I talking about another framework? Well yeah. I thought it will be real fun for web application developers to use orchid to build their apps. Orchid is still in preview state and we are planning to release it by the mid of January. But if you are interested you can check the orchid blog and checkout the nightly build version from svn repository. Orchid is very fast and lightweight and really painless to kickstart the development.

URL : http://orchid.phpxperts.net

Some of the core features of Orchid which I think are really helpful to develop real world applications, are listed here

1. Caching Engine with support of Memcache, MySQL and SQLite as Storage
2. MVC
3. RoR like Layout and segregated template components.
4. Partial Caching in Template
5. Very efficient object loading and dispatching
6. DAL for MySQL (Both MySQL and MySQLi), SQLite, PostgreSQL and MSSQL
7. Support for PDO
8. Builtin Unit Testing Library where you can write unit tests inside the controller without extra pain.
9. Internationalization using Language files
10. Session Manager (Regular and DB Based)
11. Bundled Google Map Library
12. Bundled Google Chart Library
13. Bundled JSON Library
14. Bundled Prototype, jQuery, Scriptaculous and SWFObject Scripts with on-demand gzip support
15. On demand gzipping for javascripts
16. Active Record
17. Excellent Benchmarking and Profiling support which you can use to profile your application
18. CSS based Button Manager (What is this???? — checkout)
19. AJAX Library

Beside many other features it also comes with an exceptional feature which is hard to find elsewhere 🙂 which is the following one

20. Bundled “Colorful Moments”


Orchid is planned to release by mid januray, as I told. Currently some of us are working on documentation. But you can still check out the code and sample controllers.

Ifthese sounds interesting – you can visit the official blog of orchid at http://orchid.phpxperts.net


  1. Congratulations!!!

    আমি তো এতো কিছু বুঝি না। আগে পিএইচপিরে কেক বানাইয়া খাওয়াইতো, অহন ফুল বানাইয়া হাতে ধরাইতে চান। খাওয়া-দাওয়াই তো ভালো ছিলো! কালে কালে যে কত কিছু আইবো আর যাইবো। আমাগো হাসিন ভাইরা যে খেল দেহাইতেছে। আমারো কিছু দেখাইতে ইচ্ছা করে। কিন্তু হাসিন ভাইয়ের সাথে টেক্কা দেওয়া বড়ই টাফ। যা একখান চিজ। মনে হয় দিনের ৪৮ ঘন্টাই কাজ করে।

  2. Stefan, I was prepared for such a question. I was (well, still am) a big fan of CodeIgniter. But If you go thru their code you will be sure that when they designed their framework, performance was not their main concern.

    For code igniter, It is too much strict.

    For Zend – I am a big fan of it.

    For Symfony – OOps, Did you try it yourself? Setting up a simple app (without their sandbox version) is something called a real “pain”

    And Why Orchid? Just thought it could be something for the rest of us. Superfast, Lightweight and Flexible.

  3. I am very much interested to work with new framework. Hope this will be easier for me as I am a newbie. I just tried a little bit with phpcake.

    Great Hasin bhai for your new invention.

  4. @mikko, these days most of the php install has short tags enabled by default in php.ini. Personally I feel it easy to work with short tags. So it went that way.

  5. I think that using short tags in framework is very bad idea. If hosting provider have disabled short tags than this fw is not useful. If you cant add three more chars after <? then you are a very lazy man 😉 🙂 I think, that before the final release will be out, you should remove the short tags 😉

    Just my opinion 😛 But for sure I will try it 😉

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