Zend Framework 1.8.0 released
Zend, a software company that plays a leading role in the development of PHP, has released version 1.8.0 of the open-source Zend Framework. The developers say this first release in the 1.8 development branch focuses on new components for implementing Rapid Application Development (RAD) concepts and for improving the use of the web framework in cloud environments.
Among the new features is
Zend_Tool, a command-line script that developers can use to create project trees and add controllers, actions and model classes and other elements needed to start an application's development. The tool is extensible, allowing advanced developers to integrate their own "providers" which can be called during application creation.
Zend_Application supports a "standardized, object-oriented method" for bootstrapping applications allowing resources to be more efficently and simply initialised.
Zend_Service_Amazon_S3 is new in the cloud environment. It works as a PHP data wrapper and is a suggested object-oriented approach to working with Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) from a PHP application. The new version incorporates some thirty further enhancements and more than 200 bugfixes, all listed in the release notes.