Optimizing Zend performance – small tip

If you started working with Zend Framework you have notice that it is a bit slower then your regular php application.
This is due more or less to the double sword of having such a big framework to work with.

There are a lot of tips and tutorial out there on how to optimize your Zend Framework, and in all of them you will see the recommendation to remove the require_once from the library and to use Zend_Loader. Wich is a good advice since all those require_onces do put some stress on your application.

But after a bit of testing i camed to the conclusion that Zend_Loader isn’t so fast. So i decided to go revert to a simple solution: writing my own autoloader.
I just put this small function at the top of my zend bootstrap file.


  1. function __autoload($class) {
  2.     require str_replace(‘_’, ‘/’, $class) . ‘.php’;
  3. }

And because i wrote all my application using Zend / Pear naming standard it works pretty good.

Hope you find this useful.

Source: gsdesign.ro


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