Sonic is a PHP 5.3 framework that takes advantage of newly introduced PHP 5.3 features such as closures, namespaces, and late static binding, but it goes far beyond that:
Sonic was built to be fast. Every core architecture decision was benchmarked to determine the fastest possible solution.
It is far from a perfect science, but in simple Apache benchmark tests Sonic is ~800% faster than Zend Framework.
The code is clean and easy to follow. You can search, but there is not a single else statement anywhere to be found.
Getting started is as easy as running an installation script, adding a vhost, and hitting your page in a browser.
Sonic is designed to be extremely scalable. There are many extensions available to extend the core functionality.
The ORM module, for example, allows you to sync model changes to your database without having to write any SQL.
Sonic let's you specify an App Delegate that will receive messages when events occur in the application such as when an action runs or when a view is rendered. This allows you to easily extend the functionality of Sonic without touching the Application class.
Sonic supports rendering any controller/view combination from within any other view. This can go infinite levels deep and makes ajax calls really easy.
This framework requires PHP 5.3 or greater to install.
./install /path/to/install/to AppName
follow the instructions in /path/to/install/to/README