Fabien Potencier, the lead developer of Symfony, announced on the developers list that he has implemented a new task to attempt to optimize include paths. In theory, this should help applications run faster when they have a lot of partials and/or plugins. He’s asking the community to test their applications with this new version of symfony 1.3, which is still under development, so make sure you do not try it with your production environment. This new feature will only be included if is noted that there are improvements in performance so your feedback is quite important.

To test the performance of your application you can use tools like Apache’s ab or httperf.