Software Update: Zend Framework 1.9.0

Zend released Zend Framework 1.9.0 late last week. This framework focuses on facilitating the design, writing and maintenance of php applications. To make this possible, various APIs from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo and Flickr have been integrated into Zend Framework, among others. Furthermore, the program contains search functionality, and support for ajax and for RSS and atom syndication. The corresponding announcement looks like this:

Zend Framework 1.9.0 Released

The Zend Framework team announces the immediate availability of version 1.9.0!

Kudos and thanks go out to the huge number of community contributors who helped make this release possible. This release has been almost entirely community driven, with the Zend team contributing primarily feature additions to existing components and working on maintenance of the project. If you submitted an issue report, a documentation improvement, a patch, a documentation translation, or a component, let it be known that you helped make this release what it is!

The big stories in this release can be summed up in two phrases: enterprise tools and PHP 5.3 support.

With Zend Framework making inroads to Enterprises, it’s not surprising that we are seeing a number of components geared towards the Enterprise. In this release, we add two new components — Zend_Queue and Zend_Test_PHPUnit_Db — as well as additions to existing components — Zend_Ldap, Zend_Rest_Route, and Zend_Db_Adapter_Sqlsrv — that target such development. Zend_Queue provides a common API for interacting with queue services such as Apache’s ActiveMQ, MemcacheQ, and Zend Platform’s Job Queue. Zend_Test_PHPUnit_Db brings DBUnit support to our Zend_Test offering, and provides integration with Zend_Db. Our Zend_Ldap support is now much more robust, and allows connectivity with MS ActiveDirectory and Novell’s eDirectory, as well as full CRUD and tree manipulation options. Zend_Rest_Route allows developers to quickly develop RESTful MVC applications, which are increasingly gaining traction when serving public APIs. Zend_Db_Adapter_Sqlsrv interfaces with Microsoft’s SQL Server driver for PHP.

A month ago, the PHP team released the long-awaited PHP 5.3, which offers many improvements to the object model, as well as increased performance. Upgrading to PHP 5.3 is mostly straightforward, but, as with any release of this magnitude, sometimes takes some work. We have carefully audited our code and combed through our testbed in order to provide first-class compatibility for PHP 5.3 in Zend Framework — while simultaneously continuing to support PHP 5.2.4 and above. Using Zend Framework on PHP 5.2 or 5.3 should be seamless and pose no issues for developers.

New features in Zend Framework 1.9.0 include:

  • Zend_Queue and Zend_Service_Amazon_Sqs, which provide the ability to use local and remote messaging and queue services for offloading asynchronous processes. (Contributed by Justin Plock and Daniel Lo)
  • Zend_Queue_Adapter_PlatformJobQueue, a Zend_Queue adapter for Zend Platform’s Job Queue. (Contributed by Zend Technologies)
  • Zend_Rest_Route, Zend_Rest_Controller, and Zend_Controller_Plugin_PutHandler, which aid in providing RESTful resources via the MVC layer. (Contributed by Luke Crouch, SourceForge)
  • Zend_Feed_Reader, which provides a common API to RSS and Atom feeds, as well as extensions to each format, caching, and a slew of other functionality. (Contributed by Pádraic Brady and Jurrien Stutterheim) Zend_Db_Adapter_Sqlsrv, a Zend_Db adapter for Microsoft’s SQL Server driver for PHP. (Contributed by Juozas Kaziukenas and Rob Allen)
  • Zend_Db_Table updates to allow using Zend_Db_Table as a concrete class by passing it one or more table definitions via the constructor. (Contributed by Ralph Schindler)
  • Zend_Test_PHPUnit_Db, which provides Zend_Db support for PHPUnit’s DBUnit support, allowing developers to do functional and integration testing against databases using data fixtures. (Contributed by Benjamin Eberlei)
  • Annotation processing support for Zend_Pdf, as well as performance improvements. (Contributed by Alexander Veremyev)
  • Zend_Dojo custom build layer support. (Contributed by Matthew Weier O’Phinney)
  • Dojo upgraded to 1.3.2. Numerous Zend_Ldap improvements, including full support for CRUD operations, search, and manipulating tree structures. (Contributed by Stefan Gehrig)
  • Zend_Log_Writer_Syslog, a Zend_Log writer for writing to your system log. (Contributed by Thomas Gelf)
  • Zend_View_Helper_BaseUrl, a view helper for returning the current base URL to your application, as well as for constructing URLs to public resources. (Contributed by Robin Skoglund and Geoffrey Tran)
  • Zend_Date now has support for the DateTime extension. (Contributed by Thomas Weidner)
  • Zend_Locale has been upgraded to CLDR 1.7. (Contributed by Thomas Weidner)
  • Zend_Translate now has plurals support for the Gettext, Csv, and Array adapters. (Contributed by Thomas Weidner)
  • PHP 5.3 compatibility, including support for new features in the mysqli extension. All components are fully tested on both PHP 5.2.4 and above, as well as PHP 5.3.0.

In addition, a large number of smaller improvements were made throughout the framework, and around 700 issues have been resolved or closed since the release of 1.8.0!

Any project the size of Zend Framework will inevitably run into issues where backwards compatibility breaks occur. While we strive to keep these to a minimum, we still needed to introduce several changes and updates in this version. They include the following:

  • Send_Http_Client
    A change was made in Zend_Http_Client to correct ZF-5744 (Multiple file uploads using the same $formname in setFileUpload). Instead of returning an associative array of element name => upload information pairs, it now returns an array of arrays, with the element name as part of the upload information. This allows multiple file uploads using the same element name.
  • Send_Config_Xml
    One deciding factor for many when choosing which Zend_Config format to use for their application config had to do with support for constants. Our application recommendations include defining two constants, APPLICATION_ENV and APPLICATION_PATH, and many developers have found it useful that in INI and PHP configurations, these constants are expanded during parsing. Zend_Config_Xml now supports this via an XML namespace as follows:
    On the PHP side, nothing changes.
  • Zend_Translate_Adapter_Ini
    Prior to PHP 5.3, parse_ini_file() and parse_ini_string() handled non-ASCII characters in INI option values ​​without an issue. However, starting in PHP 5.3, such options will now be silently dropped in the array returned. If you are upgrading to PHP 5.3 and using Zend_Translate_Adapter_Ini, this could cause potential issues for you. If you use UTF-8 or Latin-1 characters in your INI option keys (which are the message IDs for translation), you should either modify these to use only ASCII characters, or choose a different translation adapter.
  • Send_Service_Amazon
    Zend_Service_Amazon has been updated to comply with the latest Amazon ECommerce APIs — which, as of 15 August 2009, will require an API key for authentication. As a result, if you now use Zend_Service_Amazon, you will need to pass your API key to the Zend_Service_Amazon constructor:
    $amazon = new Zend_Service_Amazon($appId, $countryCode, $apiKey);
    Otherwise, usage of this component remains the same.

A detailed list of all features and bug fixes in this release may be found here.

Please join me in a hearty round of congratulations and acknowledgment of all contributors who helped make this release possible through code contributions, feedback, testing, documentation, translations, and issue reports! Without you, the community, Zend Framework would not be where it is today!

Version number 1.9.0
Release status Final
Operating systems script language
Website Send Technologies
License type Conditions (GNU/BSD/etc.)