The Zend Framework is one of today’s most popular PHP–based web application development frameworks. Beginning Zend Framework is a beginner’s guide to learning and using the Zend Framework. It covers everything from the installation to the various features of the framework to get the reader up and running quickly. What you’ll learn Install and configure the Zend Framework. Create your first Zend Framework web application. Explore controllers and actions, views, form creation, validation, and filtering. Build and access the database layer with Zend_Db. Develop a Send/Receive e–mail application using Zend_Mail. Integrate web services and feeds, and create and incorporate a search engine. Complete your web application by looking at performance optimization.