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CakePHP is an open-source web framework for the development in PHP, following the model-view-controller (MVC) architectural pattern. The framework provides an extensible architecture which allows users to develop highly scalable applications. CakePHP offers built-in features for database interaction using Object-Relational Mapping (ORM), form creation and validation, authentication, and security against common vulnerabilities such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting (XSS). Built on a convention over configuration philosophy, it reduces overall complexity while providing structure for application development. The framework also includes various utilities that help in testing applications before deployment to ensure their reliability and performance post-launch.