Zend Framework 1.8

Yesterday Zend Framework 1.8 was released and since I was ill and didn’t have much else to do I decided to have a look and make necessary changes to port our company CMS to the new version.

The new autoloader Zend_Loader_Autoloader is just what I was looking for to easily group the forms and models with my application modules. I definitively recommend to read a great article about the new autoloader at Zend Developer Zone.

The whole process of migrating from ZF 1.7.7 was quite painless I just had to replace:

Zend_Loader::registerAutoload();

with

$loader Zend_Loader_Autoloader::getInstance();
$loader->registerNamespace('MyApp_');

Zend_Log_Writer_Mail is finally in the stable distribution and It took only couple of lines of code to add this to our application logger so now when stuff go terribly wrong I at least know I will be getting an email about it.

You can view the full list of changes in the 1.8 release here.

I look forward to playing with Zend_Navigation and see if we how could we use it to cleanup some of the mumbo-jumbo we are currently doing with ACLs and navigational elements.

Zend_Validate_Db_RecordExists doesn’t look like much, but it makes me happy to remove some custom code because it is now supported in the framework.

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