# Introduction

I have a dream: high performance, highly scalable and very fast applications written in PHP; and since there are now fibers in the core of PHP, I feel that the time is right for this dream to come true.

Phenix is a web framework built on pure PHP, without external extensions, based on the Amphp (opens new window) ecosystem, which provides non-blocking operations, asynchronism and parallel code execution natively. It runs in the PHP SAPI CLI and on its own server, it is simply powerful.

Phenix does not try to compete with other frameworks like Laravel, Laravel is powerful and with a different approach, on the contrary, Phenix is inspired by the simplicity and elegance of Laravel, the philosophy of a beautiful syntax is maintained.

The goal of Phenix is to be a tool for the development of modern and high concurrency web applications.

# Use cases

Since Phenix has its own web server framework, you can use it to build web services like:

  • Restful API services
  • Game server
  • IoT
  • Chat systems
  • Headless CMS platforms
  • Micro-services
  • Realtime web services

If you wanted to compare it with other frameworks then think about ExpressJS.

# Performance

One of the most interesting aspects when trying to get to know a new framework is performance, which is why I present a performance test made with Apache Bench version 2.3; for this test XDebug was disabled:

ab -n100000 -c50 -k

Concurrency Level:      50
Time taken for tests:   14.008 seconds
Complete requests:      100000
Failed requests:        0
Keep-Alive requests:    0
Total transferred:      11500000 bytes
HTML transferred:       1400000 bytes
Requests per second:    7138.61 [#/sec] (mean)
Time per request:       7.004 [ms] (mean)
Time per request:       0.140 [ms] (mean, across all concurrent requests)
Transfer rate:          801.70 [Kbytes/sec] received

# The framework name

The name Phenix comes from the union between PHP and Phoenix (PHP + Phoenix = Phenix), basically I try to highlight that PHP will never die, it simply resurfaces better and better again and again, each time it is reborn it is much better than its previous version.

# Development status

Phenix is in active development, not production ready, I hope to release the first stable version very soon.

# Project objective

All basic features built constitute a minimum viable product (MVP), with the objective to obtain the PHP community support and continue with the framework development. The opportunity offered by the Amphp ecosystem has a lot of potential: asynchronous code, parallelism and concurrency in PHP.

Let's create amazing applications with the full potential of PHP.