Are you a Rubyst? Do the words “Blog in 15 minutes” sound familiar?
Here you can find something similar but in PHP.
Phalcon is a web development framework (another one!) that claims to be easy to use but also the fastest among its family.
How can it be so fast? Simple, it is packed as a C extension! The drawback? If you need to hack or fix some bugs in the core you must know C 😛