Recommended Lightweight PHP Frameworks for REST Development?

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  • API Platform

    Create REST and GraphQL APIs, scaffold Jamstack webapps, stream changes in real-time.

    Maybe look at

  • Slim

    Slim Framework 4 Skeleton Application

    You can use a simple framework like slim or go with Symfony.

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  • swoole-src

    Programmatic server for PHP with async IO, coroutines and fibers (by openswoole)

    swoole brings golang style coroutines to php and a whole bunch of other features:

  • mezzio-swoole

    Swoole support for Mezzio

    its been around for about a decade and lack of adoption I think is only in english speaking ecosystem. Which is a trend I propose we as english php community should start breaking. look - recently php frameworks are racing to adopt it: laravel octane uses swoole : mezzio supports swoole:

  • Appwrite

    Secure Backend Server for Web, Mobile & Flutter Developers 🚀 AKA the 100% open-source Firebase alternative.

    large projects are done in swoole. look at this - this project is done in swoole:

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