Optimizing Zend performance – small tip

by Gabi Solomon

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

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

Hope you find this useful.

  • http://codeutopia.net/ Jani Hartikainen

    Interesting. Zend_Loader is perhaps a somewhat complex class for just autoloads… What kind of speed difference did you see?

  • http://www.gsdesign.ro/ Gabi Solomon

    i only did a simple profiling with xdebug and saw a 30ms decrease in time spent loading with ZendLoader and now with autoload.
    This considering that i actually have extended ZendLoader and remove some of its features that seem a little overkill like the security check.

    • Sebastian M

      how much took it before the change? The information “30ms” is nothing worth if you don't give us any reference value. Thanks!

  • http://richardknop.com Richard Knop

    Well this is indeed interesting. I have started using Zend just recently and I have noticed it is way slower than my custom MVC framework (but I think a tradeoff in flexibility and power Zend gives you is pretty good).

    I will give this a try ;)

  • http://www.virtue-software.com/ Riki Risnandar

    Thank you for the tip to optimize zend framework

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