Symfony 2 vs. ASP.NET MVC
When we talk about modern world of programming, package and libraries aren’t enough to achieve the constantly evolving needs of the business. Most programmers rely on frameworks to achieve a proper structure and perform tasks which are broader than what package and libraries can achieve. While there are a number frameworks that are being used by developers, ASP.Net MVC and Symphony development have become very popular. Here we shall compare the two to help you understand which of these would meet your needs.
Object Relational Mapping
As far as ORM is concerned ASP.Net MVC uses Entity Framework (EF) whereas Symfony uses Doctrine. Both are similar when it comes to mapping models to the database tables using configuration, as well as generating classes from existing database tables. EF however, also uses the Code First Method to achieve this. In case of Doctrine, it uses YAML map Classes which is easier for a programmer to learn compared to the to.dbml classes which are used by EF.
It is one of the most important things that a programmer looks for. In case of Symfony it is divided into parts Applications, Modules and Plugins where each of these independently manages views, controller and modules. In ASP.Net, MVC Areas is used to achieve all the three functions. Apart from this Symphony also have more code fragments and as programmers you would have to rely on Components, Slots and Partials but ASP.Net MVC simplifies this and you merely have to make use of Partials and Sections.
Forms’ UI Controls
As far as form handling is concerned, both Symfony and ASP.NET MVC have complete different methodologies. In case of ASP.NET MVC forms are equivalent to Views where it won’t bind a validator to a Form, but to the Model. Symphony does it in a completely different manner where forms are nothing more than objects that include a number of Widgets and validators for those Widgets. This also makes it more structured as you would be able to apply different types of UI control.
Maintainability and Configuration
In case of Symphony all the configurations are managed using the yml file but ASP.NET MVC relies or a mixture of xml(web.config) and code for the same purpose. This simplicity in configuration also makes Symphony a more maintainable programming platform as compared to ASP.NET MVC. In case of Symphony most programmers develop web interfaces to all the configurations but if you are using ASP.NET MVC the task is a bit more complex as you will have to change the code and again recompile it. This is one reason where most programmers prefer Symfony as it is a better admin generator and allows you to seamlessGrid-Oriented management.
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