There are no shortage of PHP frameworks, some grow large vibrant communities and a number wither and die over time. A number of the larger frameworks by user base have announced plans for the next steps in their evolution. Specifically we examine the next major versions of Zend Framework, Symfony, CodeIgniter and CakePHP.
PHP developer news for week ending July 23rd, 2010.
- PHP 5.2.14 released. Bug & security release and the end of active support for the 5.2 line.
- PHP 5.3.3 released. Over 100 fixes with a number of security enhancements.
- CakePHP 1.3.3 rainbow icing edition released.
- Phalanx PHP Framework. Event driven PHP5.3+ framework.
- CodeIgniter Con 2010. August 14 & 15, Bristol UK.
- Symfony day. October 8th, 2010 in Cologne, Germany.
- indieconf. Conference for independent web professionals. November 13, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
A new PHP framework is on the scene: Kohana. Kohana is a fork of the CodeIgniter framework. Originally the chosen name was BlueFlame but this had trademark issues. The given reason for the fork is about who controlled where CodeIgniter was heading, and was responsible for new releases. Though CodeIgniter is released under an open source license (which meant the fork could happen), it is controlled by EllisLab, not the user community as wished by the starters of Kohana. EllisLab has ExpressionEngine (a content management system) as a commercial product, and some say this as slowing down new releases of CodeIgniter.