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Symfony: i make the question, he does the answers.

If you want to make your web development simpler you only need to remember what the web is built on: http.

The people at Symfony are really focused on this throughout all their documentation, and I totally agree.


All the web runs on HTTP, and HTTP is a stateless protocol where you issue an http request to a web server and you get an http response from the web server.

The http protocol already defines some useful rules for specifying the address of what you are requesting: it’s called URI and just to name the most important things allows to define a path and some additional query parameters.

And finally, you already have some useful methods to define what do you mean to do with your request: GET, POST, PUT and DELETE (plus some other ones, less used).

Once you learn this, web development will open up for you in a thousand different ways without even considering the framework you’re working on. For more info you can get to the source of it all at

Symfony HttpFoundation

That’s why the Symfony framework is based on the very simple concepts of expecting an http request and giving an http response; you will see this repeated in every introductory piece about Symfony.

The aptly named HttpFoundation Symfony component contains a Request and a Response class that make half the job already.

A few consequences follows:

  • you must have a controller that handles the request
  • you must define a router to link URLs to controllers
  • you could have a model layer to deal with data
  • you could have a template layer to deal with presentation

That’s it, you can start developing with Symfony and add other pieces along the way.