Before this decade is over, the symfony development team is making sure they don’t go unnoticed. December 1st will probably be named Symfony day from now on. Exactly one year after the release of the 1.2 series, they released 1.2.10 and stable releases of the new branches 1.3 and 1.4. symfony 1.4 contains the same feature set of 1.3 but all deprecated functionality in 1.3 has been removed. Additionally, 1.4 will be supported for 3 years, which means it is a safe bet to develop any new symfony applications in 1.4 and upgrade any existing ones as well. In fact, to celebrate these releases, we upgraded our own website to run on symfony 1.4. With the help of the upgrade instructions and the new task ‘project:validate’, upgrading was a matter of minutes!

But the core team did not end it there. As if these major releases weren’t enough, Fabien Potencier announced the released of a new advent calendar, which this time will be a book with advanced symfony articles written by ten (yes, 10!) authors and several more contributors. Looking at the current available documentation, we are extremely sure this new book will be of the highest quality, and the printed book is already available at Amazon! Can’t ask for more!

So, finish the year strong, if you currently work with symfony, make sure you read about all the new features. If you are considering using symfony or are looking for a top-quality PHP framework for your next project, look no further. The learning curve may be challenging at first, but the investment will surely pay off in no time.

And one last note, as always, all these new versions are already available on all our servers. If you are a VPS customer, make sure to update your local library to get the latest and greatest. And happy symfony coding! Congratulations and many thanks to all the people that make symfony happen!