There's no better time to start developing Web applications the easy way than right now!
You can also grab the unit test package or fetch the nightly build if you live in the fast lane. See the version changelog and system requirements for additional information. There is also composer support.
Join us on GitHub to make F3 even better.
F3 supports both SQL and NoSQL databases off-the-shelf: MySQL, SQLite, MSSQL/Sybase, PostgreSQL, MongoDB and its own lightning fast Flat-File DB (we call it Jig). It also comes with powerful object-relational mappers for data abstraction and modeling that are just as lightweight as the framework. No configuration needed.
F3 can also shield you from spam and DoS attacks, by performing DNSBL checks. It can increase your server health and uptime, by controlling web server traffic with profile analysis and bandwidth throttle.
That's not all. F3 is packaged with other optional plug-ins that extend its capabilities:
- Fast and clean template engine
- Unit testing toolkit
- Database-managed sessions
- Markdown-to-HTML converter
- Atom/RSS feed reader
- Image processor
- Geodata handler
- OpenID (consumer)
- Custom logger
- Basket/Shopping cart
- Pingback server/consumer
- Unicode-aware string functions
- SMTP over SSL/TLS
- Tools for communicating with other servers
- Data Validation
- and more Plugins from the F3-Community
Unlike other frameworks, F3 aims to be usable - not usual.
The philosophy behind the framework and its approach to software architecture is towards minimalism in structural components, avoiding application complexity and striking a balance between code elegance, application performance and programmer productivity.