Being a PHP web application developer for several years now, I've had my share of MVCs and frameworks. At first I thought they were the best thing since sliced bread; everything seemed to be very easy to implement.
Now however, it seems that the more complex the application gets, the more hassle the framework introduces, so I have to develop workarounds to overcome them. Such workarounds are usually pretty daunting and complex since I have to delve down into the framework core code and make changes so that it behaves the way I want.
For example, in one of my projects where I use Slim(C)+Idiorm(M)+Twig(V) (which I believe is very flexible), I have to create a custom function just to display dynamic data in parent templates; without a framework I could have simply executed mysql_query() in the included file.
Okay, frameworks are cool if I'm creating a simple company profile website; I can just whip some code in one night and they're usually ready by the morning, and the amount of good coding practice and design patterns I've learned from them is very valuable.
But really, for a complex web application like an all-in-one web based school management system, frameworks usually get in the way of my business process like in the example above.
So my question is: is it okay to just go back to basics, and use standard PHP code and libaries for doing my next project where there might be a gazillion frameworks and libraries, provided I can sufficiently use good coding practices and follow sensible design patterns like MVC? My development team is pretty small: only 2 programmers and 1 designer. The other programmer agrees with my thoughts above.