Zend Framework 1.9.0 Beta Now Available

The Zend Framework team announces the immediate availability of a
beta release of version 1.9.0:

http://framework.zend.com/download/latest

Note that because these packages are not stable, they will not be
found on the zend.com CDN; please scroll to the bottom of the above page to
find links to this release.

In preparation for this beta release, we have spent some time reviewing and
polishing our test suite to ensure maximum stability, and also to provide
compatibility with PHP 5.3. Note that at this time, we are not
utilizing PHP 5.3-specific features, but only ensuring that Zend Framework
will run without issues on PHP 5.3. This support is not yet complete, but
will be in time for the final 1.9.0 release.

This beta release showcases many of the new features that will be
available in the upcoming stable release:

  • Zend_Rest_Route, Zend_Rest_Controller, and
    Zend_Controller_Plugin_PutHandler, which aid in providing
    RESTful resources via the MVC layer.
  • 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.
  • Zend_Queue and Zend_Service_Amazon_Sqs, which
    provide the ability to use local and remote messaging and queue services for
    offloading asynchronous processes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Annotation processing support for Zend_Pdf, as well as
    performance improvements.
  • Zend_Dojo custom build layer support.
  • Numerous Zend_Ldap improvements.
  • Zend_Log_Writer_Syslog, a Zend_Log writer for
    writing to your system log.
  • Several new view helpers, including
    Zend_View_Helper_BaseUrl.

Again, this is a beta release; do not use it in production
environments.

We hope to provide our initial release candidate early next week, so please
test now so we can take care of any lingering issues in the existing
functionality!

About Matthew Weier O'Phinney

Matthew is a Principal Engineer at Zend Technologies. He is currently project lead for both Zend Framework and Apigility; a Zend Certified Engineer; and a member of the Zend Education Advisory Board, the group responsible for authoring the Zend Certification Exam. He contributes to a number of open source projects, blogs on PHP-related topics, and presents talks and tutorials related to PHP development and the projects to which he contributes. You can read more of his thoughts on his blog, mwop.net/blog.