Lukas Kahwe Smith talks about how symfony2 is pushing the PHP ecosystem

April 8, 2011


I love the title of Lukas Kahwe Smith’s blog, “Poo-tee-weet”. While Lukas has never explained the title to me personally, I assume that it is in reference to one of my son’s favorite books, “Slaughterhouse Five“.

Recently on Poo-tee-weet, Lukas released a post that talked about some of the contributions that the symfony community is giving back to the wide area PHP community. The post, titled “Symfony2 community pushing the PHP ecosystem”, lists 9 projects that work independently of the symfony framework and that are available to all PHP developers.

Even if you don’t care about Symfony2 or Silex and instead prefer some other framework, there is stuff to benefit from going on inside the Symfony2 community. Not only are the Symfony2 components all build to also work standalone, but key contributors are also building libraries and tools that should proof useful for the entire PHP ecosystem. For an overview of the components part of Symfony2 I refer you all to github. Here is a short overview in alphabetical order of libraries that have spawned around Symfony2 (and just to clarify not at all focused on just Symfony2). Common to all of them are that they require PHP 5.3 and follow the PSR-0 for class loading.

The rest of the post id dedicated to highlighting and explaining 9 projects that have come out of the symfony community. He gives you links to each of them as well as a brief description of that they are all about. He does that because he’s a nicer guy than I am; I’m just going to give you the link to his blog post. If you want more, you’ll have to click on through.

It is nice to see a framework community taking the time to give back to the wide area PHP community. The symfony community is blessed with high-profile and talented developers and evangelists like Lukas, Stefan (skoop) Koopmanschap, and Ryan Weaver. I appreciate their efforts to make tools we can all use, even while building one of the most popular PHP frameworks out there.

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 and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP

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One Response to “Lukas Kahwe Smith talks about how symfony2 is pushing the PHP ecosystem”

  1. lsmith Says:

    You are correct. I generally don’t like reading fiction, but I think I read Slaughterhouse Five 10 times, though its been a few years since I last read it. My copy somehow was lost when I moved to Switzerland.