Zend Framework 3 Roadmap Announced

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PHP company Zend announced the roadmap for Zend Framework 3, its next-generation PHP-based application framework for web and mobile apps.

Zend Framework 3 includes a new design, which the company says takes advantage of the PHP language evolution, as well as emerging technologies and techniques. The highlights and capabilities as listed in the announcement are as follows:

  • Separate components divided into individual and versioned projects for broader reuse and higher velocity of innovation (“use-at-will” architecture)
  • Strong emphasis on HTTP messages, leveraging the PSR-7 specification
  • A new modern middleware-based runtime as a lighter weight, high-performance alternative to enterprise MVC frameworks
  • Apigility, Zend’s API Builder, will be delivered on top of the new middleware stack for better performance and simplicity, with the same streamlined, powerful user experience
  • Optimization for PHP 7, while still supporting PHP 5.5 and up

“The PHP ecosystem is undergoing a ‘renaissance’ with a multitude of development processes, new technologies and coding practice changes in the last few years,” said Zend's Matthew Weier O'Phinney. "The latest Zend Framework will change how developers work with PHP, providing them with a ‘use-at-will’ architecture option as well as a framework that aligns with ever-changing platforms and technologies. This ensures developers have the specific components they need to create the next-generation of high-performance PHP-based web and mobile applications for the enterprise.”

Zend Framework 3 will be available the third quarter of this year.

Zend Framework is licensed under a new BSD open-source license. Companies like IBM, Google and Microsoft have contributed to it.

More on the roadmap here.

Chris Crum

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