Not wishing to pollute the thread : [Advanced] Ideas for a universal PHP front controller class in the vein of PDO. and seeing as at least part of that thread is bemoaning the sometimes vast amount of file reads some frameworks make I'd like to bring to your attention this project I came across yesterday.
phalconphp.com PHP Framework delivered as a C extension.
It is an interesting idea and was completely new to me, and it has some very important drawbacks as are well highlighted here. PHP Frameworks as Extensions - will they catch on? (May 2012)
Has anyone tried this approach?
Do you think it will catch on?
Do you imagine one of these frameworks could eventually move from PECL into the main PHP source?
FWIW I remember the bad old days before PDO, when we had to be familiar with many database abstraction layers although some were better than others. PDO really was a godsend (nod to Mysqli of course too).