Zend Framework 1.8 Released

It has been a week ago since I’ve learn that Zend Framework has released it’s latest version 1.8. I am an avid fan of the framework in fact, every new projects I made are in Zend Framework. I’m currently using 1.7.8 and it was good.

As always, I mean I think most people do this; I always wait for a few months before using a new software. There, some bugs and issues may be discovered thus there will be a need for patch. Maybe I will be using it until 1.8.1 will be released.

There are several new additions and improvements to the framework. I could name a few, but there are lots of them:

1. Zend_Tool is added to enabled command line tools for Zend Framework. In relation to that, they included a bin directory where you can find zf.bat, zf.sh and zf.php.

2. Zend_Application is also added to enable standard bootstapping. Yes, bootstap.php is now a class. There are really new things in Zend Framework, especially with setting up a new project. Zend_Tool + Zend_Application will let you create a new project easily and in standard, consistent way.

3. Zend_Loader::registerAutoload() is now depreciated in favor of Zend_Loader_Autoloader. I hope it solves performance issues with Zend_Loader.

4. And many many more.

I tried it right away. However, I can’t make zf.bat work. Anyway, I may be just busy with my work. Have to try it next time.

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