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Laravel vs Zend – Features You Need to Know Before You Start

Developing Web applications can be a time intensive and complicated process as it involves delivering unique user experiences over browsers and smartphones. However, it can be streamlined by using PHP framework to create simple and rapid agile applications. This is usually doable due to the reuse of generic modules or components, and the convenience that comes with a unified structural foundation.
A PHP framework also helps to achieve application scalability and simplify maintenance, ensuring compliance with the most important development standards.
Other than that, to achieve economies of scale, your top most priority must be to develop high quality apps with optimal use of resources. PHP frameworks helps you to concentrate on those specific tasks that result in the creation of sustainable and flawless code. But the question lies which framework should you use to create your web apps?
For one of our clients, we did a POC on some of the widely used frameworks of PHP, to see which framework is best recommended for the e-commerce business solution.
We have taken the top two most widely used members of PHP framework family – Laravel 5 and Zend 2.0, and tried to evaluate how they stack up against each other and which one is best to use.
The five questions which were answered during POC of the two frameworks are:
1. Do we have high performance template engine support present?
2. SQL injection attacks and cross-site scripting (XSS) prevention?
3. Cookie Information management?
4. Caching system that loads your web applications extremely fast?
5. Authentication support that is facilitated via RBAC (Role Based Access Control)?

For our client we did a small exercise and answered above 5 questions.


Zend Laravel
Zend Framework, which provides a number of ready-to-use components to improve your application’s security. It uses a blade template engine to speed up compiling tasks, and users can include latest features so easily. Laravel has its own light-weight templating engine called “Blade”.
Zend Framework offers an Escaper component to escape output and defend from XSS and may be vulnerable to SQL injection attacks. Client-side cross-site scripting protection (xss) is there, Laravel’s {{}} syntax will automatically escape any HTML entities passed along via a view variable. Laravel’s Eloquent ORM uses PDO parameter binding to avoid SQL injection. Parameter binding ensures that malicious users can’t pass in query data which could modify the query’s intent.
Has a built in authentication support that is facilitated via RBAC (Role Based Access Control). RBAC is present here
We can add Caching system that loads your web applications extremely fast Caching system that loads your web applications extremely fast is present by default.
We can do Cookie Information management in Zend All cookies created by the Laravel framework are encrypted and signed with an authentication code


Adding to the comparison that is in table-1, we evaluated some more points in Laravel vs Zend 2.0.:


Features Laravel Zend
Memory Recommended 1 Gb 512 Mb
Template Language Accounts for Blade in Addition to Php, Smarty and Twig Does not account for Blade in addition to Php, Smarty and Twig
Development Principles Test-driven development, No repetition, Configuration over convention Configuration over convention
Released Version 5.0 2.0
Programming Paradigm Functional, Event Driven, Object Orientated Event Driven, Object Orientated
Scripting Language Support Php & Amp; Javascript Php
Front End Php Php & Javascript
Client/Server Code Reuse Model View Controller, Template Language, Web Services Model View Controller
Data Storage Berkeley Db, Relational Db, File System Relational Db, File System
Library File Size 17Mb 8Mb
Api Comprehensibility 5 star 3 star
Implementation Flexibility 55% 45%
Community Feedback 5 Star 4 Star
Ease of Use 5 Star 3 Star
Uncompressed Size 2Mb 9Mb
Maven Support No Yes
Resource File Processing Yes No
Partial Classes Yes No
Javascript Library included No Yes
Requests Per Second 100 1000
Modules/Extensions/Plug-Ins 8000 9999
Easy to Configure Yes No
Xss Yes No
Cloud Platform Support Google App Engine, Amazon Ec2, Fortrabbit, Pagoda Box, Digital Ocean, Heroku, Linode, Openshift Windows Azure, Amazon Ec2, Heroku, Openshift
Email Protocol Smtp, Imap, Pop3, Mailgun, Mandrill Imap, Pop3, Smtp
Design Pattern Active-Record, Model-View-Controller, Dependency Injection, Observer, Singleton, Facade, Event-Driven, Mtv Dependency Injection, Model-View-Controller, Event-Driven, Data Mapper, Singleton, Active-Record
Database Sqlite, Mysql, Postgresql, Redis, Microsoft Bi Microsoft Bi, Mysql, Postgresql, Mariadb, Sqlite, Ibm Db2, Oracle, Mongodb


Considering the success criteria like raboust/stability/scalability/security etc. in top 2 tables, it is clear that Laravel stands better than Zend.

In case, you any queries on Laravel vs Zend, feel free to approach us on hello@mantralabsglobal.com, our developers are here to clear confusions and it might be a good choice based on your business and technical needs.


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Mantra Labs launches Multilingual AI chatbot with Video Calling for SMEs

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Realizing the need for uninterrupted, contactless customer support amidst this global pandemic, Mantra Labs has launched AI-powered chatbot with video conferencing and regional language support features to help SMEs adopt digital at very affordable prices.

Mantra Labs announced today the release of its AI-powered “Make-in-India” chatbot — Hitee, Aapke Hitt Mein, specifically developed for Small and Medium Enterprises to ensure seamless business from home/remote workplaces. 

Aiming to make contactless, global customer support a new reality, and endorsing “Vocal for Local”, Hitee chatbot allows remote business conversations through secure video and multilingual chats. It supports integrations on Facebook messenger and WhatsApp to enable businesses to reach out their customers on their preferred platforms. 

Considering the business reluctance on adopting technology due to high installation costs, Hitee is available on a subscription model at zero installation and training costs. Businesses can chat with customers, capture and nurture leads, start video sessions, converse in their native language, create workflows for automated response and FAQs — at plans starting Rs. 5000/month. 

Hitee Chatbot link – https://hitee.chat/

“The prevailing Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the SMEs and firms are on the verge of shutting down their operations mainly because of lack of operational resources and lockdown norms. The post-pandemic world will witness stricter trade norms and business travels would be limited to a bare minimum. Communication is the key to operational success for SMEs. To ensure that Indian businesses continue their conversations effectively, we have developed a multilingual chatbot that supports all Indian regional languages and video conferencing features. We are working with firms to incorporate video into their bot based workflows with multi-lingual capabilities.” says Mikhail Mitra, Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Mantra Labs.

The company is a pioneer in developing Insurance chatbot and has engaged with organizations like Religare Health Insurance and Diageo to automate their customer support desk and internal ticket management system through chatbots.

About Mantra Labs: Mantra Labs is an InsurTech100 firm solving the most pressing front & back- office challenges faced by InsurTech and Consumer Internet enterprises. Having worked with some of the World’s leading insurers like SBI General Insurance, Religare, DHFL Pramerica, Aditya Birla Health, and AIA Hongkong along with unicorn consumer startups like Ola, Myntra, Yulu, BlueStone and Quikr, Mantra Labs has been deeply involved in developing AI-powered technology solutions for business-specific problems. The company also has strategic technology partnerships with MongoDB, IBM Watson, Microsoft Azure and Nvidia.

Contact information:
Email: hello@mantralabsglobal.com
Address: Bangalore, India
Phone number: 9902619003
Website: hitee.chat

This press release is also published at pr.com and issuewire.com


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