Zend Framework 1.7 Preview Release now available

October 15, 2008

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We are excited to announce that the Zend Framework 1.7 Preview Release is now available from the Zend Framework download site!

While 1.7PR is not a feature complete release in the 1.7 series, it nevertheless contains some very important features scheduled for the 1.7 production release:

  • New Zend_AMF component
  • Dojo Toolkit 1.2.0
  • New ZendX_JQuery component
  • Support for dijit editor
  • Metadata API in Zend_Cache
  • Google book search API
  • Performance enhancements
  • Application-wide locale with other i18n enhancements
  • File upload form element enhancements

This obviously marks a very important step towards a high-quality, well tested 1.7 production release. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this release in any way: with patches/check ins, documentation/translations, and bug reports.

But our work is not yet over! Let’s put this release through testing hell, while continuing to make progress on other features scheduled for the production release of 1.7. Please remember to provide feedback on our issue tracker and ask any questions/post your experiences on the appropriate mailing list.

Again, the Zend Framework community does NOT recommend this release for production use. We do, however, recommend evaluating new features in this release with existing and new applications.

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PC's. For the past 10 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is happily married to wife 1.31, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at http://blog.calevans.com and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP

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16 Responses to “Zend Framework 1.7 Preview Release now available”

  1. _____anonymous_____ Says:

    …to these comments?

  2. cunimartum Says:

    Our company has the same concerns about performance as well. A simple in-house MVC framework with much less functionality and flexibility as the ZF is about 30X faster (without caching) against the 1.6 release. If that number was under 10 considering all that we get in return with ZF, than 1.7 would be totally perfect.
    So same question here, which parts were optimized and how ?

  3. amarandel Says:

    I’m working with Zend Framework since Version 1.4 and I love working with it. It’s really easy and comfortable.
    At the moment I’m working with it for the subject of my bachelor thesis.

    Like some people writing before me I’m very interested in the performance improvements. Where can we get infos?

  4. beiercai Says:

    I’m also curious of what are the exact performance improvements, like what part. My company is using ZF for 3 projects and performance is always concerning us, especially the mvc part. Thanks

  5. amichelins Says:

    Hi :
    Are you planing to add that the Zend controller can be use in a subfolder of the document root ?
    Document Root/
    /Zend –> Framework

    At this time the documentation only help to put the project in the root of document root.

    If this can be do at this time can you put same help in the docs ?

  6. bchmura Says:

    I discovered ZF somewhere around 1.5 and it is really been a great ride so far. I’ve even gone as far as to pick up Zend Studio for the integration aspects.

    That being said we are building our largest project yet in ZF so I am very interested in the performance improvements in 1.7…

    I see a few other people have asked about this, so I am just throwing my hand up also.

    I’d love to hear about that and about the time frame for 1.7

    Thanks for all the fun (with a minimal amount of pain)

  7. _____anonymous_____ Says:

    $table->update(array(‘integerfield’ => new Zend_Db_Expr("integerfield + $addValue")), $where);


    $db->update($tablename, array(‘integerfield’ => new Zend_Db_Expr("integerfield + $addValue")), $where);

  8. deathemperor Says:

    I’d like to see Zend DB work better with Oracle SP. it’s currently impossible to fetch crusor from SPs, unless I miss something.

    Update queries like UPDATE table SET integerfield = integerfield + $addValue is not possible using $db->update() either.

    Would love to see improvements Zend DB.

  9. _____anonymous_____ Says:

    The autocomplete feature is meant to work with the JQuery UI library from http://ui.jquery.com/download — 1.5.2 doesn’t have it, but the 1.6 RC does.

  10. katworldave Says:

    Please don’t forget to include the JQuery library in the externals folder. For example, I have found different versions of the Autocomplete plugin which did not work at all with the ZendX_JQuery plugin.

  11. reelman Says:

    I also would like to see the performance improvements results.


  12. anees_muhd Says:

    Its great to hear that the new version with new enhancements

    But, Where i can read further details about the performance improvements and the other details

  13. temurchik Says:

    Where can we get information about performance enhancements? What has been improved exactly and how?


  14. exceptione Says:

    > Performance enhancements
    Nice, I’ve read about the performance degradation in last releases. So I am curious now what has been optimized, and if there is still more room for improvements. :-)

  15. jaredhirsch Says:

    These incremental releases are coming out at a pretty rapid pace.

    (1) As far as I know, there’s no roadmap for future releases, either in terms of dates or added features. Is this still correct?

    (2) What about support of past releases of ZF? Should developers expect an extremely long support cycle, as seen in PHP 4?

  16. jitka_sunny Says:

    But one question(nobody is answering on e-mail or issue tracker) : what about Zend_Db_*_Firebird, it was written as feature of 1.5, but still isn’t inside.

    I looking forward next release… Jitka