pWAT is an open source toolkit for PHP web applications. It provides total control over your HTML and URLs. The main goal was not to provide a fixed framework with just one way to do things.
It is different, that's a fact but you have to decide if it is better, too. First it is full object oriented and it follows common coding guidelines, similar to C#, Java and even to the new PHP 5 objects. Beside this the code is structured, tested (through unit tests) and well documented (with a lot of examples and tutorials).
pWAT does not have one design pattern you have to follow. If you like you can derive from class HttpApplication to implement your own pattern / application logic or you can use the out-of-the-box class MvcApplication (implementing the popular Model-View-Controller design pattern).
The pWAT framework is released under the LGPL 3.0 or later license.