This post refers to DotKernel 1, based on Zend Framework 1.
If you are looking for DotKernel 3 related posts, go here.

DotKernel is an Application PHP Framework, built on top of Zend Framework (ZF), and based on 7 years of DotBoost Technologies’ experience in building websites and web-services.

It is DotBoost Technologies’ way of giving back to the open source community, its way of “advancing the art of PHP”.

DotKernel is using a full, yet simplified HMVC (Hierarchical -Model-View-Controller) architecture, easy to learn by beginner and intermediate level programmers.


DotKernel is not a standalone framework; it uses Zend Framework as a component library, accessing directly its classes. It has eliminated the complexity of ZF by using a different approach of how the web requests are handled.Strongly integrated with Zend Framework, DotKernel can be considered a PHP Enterprise Level Framework.
DotKernel can be used as a QuickStart Tool; by default it has incorporated frontend, backend, mobile, CLI( command line), rss modules, with each module structured on a MVC (model-view-controller) pattern.The frontend has static pages and user dots (login, signup, update, forgot password) and backend-admin area has only user dots.


The name DotKernel combines the mother company’s “first name” Dot, implying the dot contained in any internet address with the word Kernel, which suggests the central core of any IT application.

The word “dot”, as in or bubble, is mostly associated with the Internet world (was even voted as the most useful word by the American Dialect Society in its 1996 Word of the Year vote) and the word kernel is defined in IT as the essential center of a computer operating system, the core that provides basic services for all other parts of the operating system.


DotKernel benefits:

  • increased development productivity and runtime performance
  • improved test coverage and peer-reviewed code quality
  • freely available code repositories
  • intrinsic security of Enterprise Level ZF components
  • easy to learn by beginner and intermediate level developers
  • a learning tool to familiarize yourself with ZF complexity
  • three years support for each branch or version
  • reduced time-to-market for web applications and lower costs for your clients


DotKernel is Open Source, and released under Open Software License (OSL 3.0)

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