I discovered the Flight micro-php framework this week. I found it because I was looking for a simple PHP 5.3+ framework that didn’t have a large amount of extra cruft. I had a project to do for my Database class at UTSA where we had to utilize an Oracle database. Not exactly my choice for databases, but we had to make do with what we were given.

It is a very sparse framework that looks very similar to Sinatra except it is even lighter. Flight provided me ways to easily extend and customize.

I used a fairly straight forward file structure:

|-assets
|-config
|-controllers
|-db
|-lib
|-models
|-views


Flight doesn’t come with a Database class. So you will have to roll your own or use an ORM or use Mike Cao’s Sparrow library. I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet, but it looks very promising. Unfortunately, it does not support Oracle, so I had to roll my own implementation, and it’s not pretty by any means.

I look forward to playing with this library some more, and hopefully building something with it soon.