While we wait for the book to come out (and it’s getting much closer now!), Jani Hartikainen has an interesting and recently improved project for anyone wanting to try out bits of Zend Framework. His packageizer allows “you to choose a class from the Zend Framework and get it as a zip with its dependencies”. A nice idea for anyone put off or intimidated by the apparent bulk of a full framework.
Archive for November, 2008
Zend Framework version 1.7 has been released and can be downloaded now.
From the release announcement, key features include:
- Zend_Amf with support for AMF0 and AMF3 protocols
- Support for dijit editor available in the Dojo Toolkit
- ZendX_JQuery in extras library
- Metadata API in Zend_Cache
- Google book search API in Zend_Gdata
- Performance enhancements in Zend_Loader, Zend_Controller, and server components
- Zend_Tool in incubator
- Zend_Text_Table for formatting table using characters
- ZendX_Console_Unix_Process in the extras library
Of particular note are the performance enhancements and a new Zend Framework Performance Guide in the manual.
till, over at vox has recently published an article on improving Zend Framework’s performance.
Prior to starting the quest for performance one of our older servers was able to handle ten (10) requests/second at peaks, now we are at 42 requests/second. (Give or take a few.) In regard to page loading time, we went with a few optimizations from 340 ms to 76 ms in no time (all figures according to Xdebug).
It’s a good read and he covers the key things he tuned, from using APC, autoload and Zend_Loader to caching.