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RedBeanPHP Key Features

RedBeanPHP ORM has tons of great features. The following is a list of key features:

  • Focus on app development, forget about database structure.
  • No configuration is required. Only one file (84KB).
  • Creates tables, columns, indexes, and foreign keys (one-to-many, many-to-many, many-to-one) automatically.
  • Automatically converts columns based on input data, except for special types. Comes with an Optimizer to further adjust columns for specific types.
  • Provides Model class for input data validation, Aliases to use a certain bean (a database table) as a base for multiple objects (eg. both author and editor can be stored in a table users).
  • Freeze mode to finalize database schema changes.
  • Easy syntax to lookup the records. You can mix SQL with PHP when building queries.
  • Provides nice implementation of Dependency Injection.
  • Supports Database Transactions.
  • Provides BeanCan Server to easily process client AJAX requests.
  • Supports CUBRID, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLite databases.
  • Integrated into multiple popular PHP Frameworks. Plays well with CodeIgniter.
  • Like many frameworks, RedBeanPHP provides functions to bulk import and export input data.
  • Provides NoSQL-like syntax:
    • Like NoSQL, you can just store objects right away without defining a schema
    • Like NoSQL, no configuration is required
    • Like NoSQL, RedBeanPHP has better performance than most classic ORMs
  • Provides very exhaustive manual on how to use RedBeanPHP and its various functions.

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