Announced Zend Framework 3 Roadmap

    imageDiscussion of ideas and suggestions for Zend Framework 3 has been going on for a long time , and finally Zend decided to announce a new version of the framework .

    Zend Framework 3 will be an evolution of ZF2, with a focus on three main points - simplicity, code reuse, and performance.

    Priority plans include:
    • separation of the components of the framework into individual, versioned projects (hello, Symfony!);
    • special emphasis will be placed on HTTP messages that will be brought into line with PSR-7 ;
    • the existing full stack MVC framework will be updated and will depend on new independent components for reuse and simplification. ZF2 MVC projects can be transferred with minimal effort to the new version, for which they will prepare a migration guide;
    • using the middleware concept , familiar to many from Ruby / Python, as well as the Slim Framework and StackPHP PHP frameworks, as a lighter alternative to the MVC framework stack ( an example of what this is about );
    • the ability to use Apigility as middleware;
    • Optimization for PHP 7, while PHP will be supported starting from version 5.5;

    And now the main surprise - a serious part of the mental work and coding is left behind, so ZF3 will be released in the third quarter of 2015.

    The remaining details - including a specific timeline of releases, the direction of development and justification of specific technological choices - will be published on the Zend blog in the very near future.

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