PHP 6 News and PHP Frameworks

October 27, 2009

ZendCon, a Zend/PHP Conference happened last week in San Jose, California. Although I didn’t attend, I’ve been reading about the conference, including this brief article informally comparing the different frameworks. One point I thought particularly interesting is that the Zend person suggested the people using other frameworks were also likely to be using Zend. As for myself, I’m pretty happy with Yii these days, but still use Zend’s Lucene search module on sites, incorporating it into Yii. So in my experience, I’d rather not use Zend for a whole project, but happily take on those pieces that I do need. I’m not sure what that says about a framework…

Another article on InfoWorld talked about PHP 6 developments. This is of particular interest to me, as I wrote a book using PHP 6 two years ago and [intlink id=”273″ type=”post”]have been waiting for it to be officially released[/intlink] ever since! Anyway, the article talks about how PHP 6 stresses Unicode support, which is what I focus on in the PHP 6 sections of my book. It’s a big, radical change, that takes a lot of work to get right. A couple of other expected features in PHP 6 are mentioned as well.