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State of annotations in the PHP world, revisited

Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 15 September 2010.
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Nearly two years ago back in November 2008 I wrote about the state of annotations in the PHP world. Today I want to take the chance to revisit this and find out if annotations are still present and used, or if they are not.

Review of old candidates
Of those which I described two years ago, AttributeReader saw no further development, so I don't consider it as an option any more. Addendum has seen new releases, the last one in October last year. The repository has seen commits recently in June this year, so I believe it's not dead, but as it is feature complete there's of course not much development activity required any more.

The third candidate was FLOW3. FLOW3 is still alive and kickin', nearing it`s final stable 1.0.0 release. Annotations are still part of the framework and the Introduction tutorial has usage examples of where you utilize annotations provided by the framework, for dependency injection and validation. The manual additionally lists persistence and even Aspect-Oriented Programming as usage scenarios. So as FLOW3 is likely to be adopted within the TYPO3 community we will see more and more FLOW3 based applications using annotations.

Another framework is Stubbles. From what was stated in the first blog post nothing has changed, beside the fact that Stubbles is now available in version 1.2.0, with versions 1.3.0 and 1.4.0 shipping within the next two or three weeks. Stubbles is used in various applications at 1&1 Internet where we make heavy usage of the annotation features.

The third framework mentioned was the XP framework. Current release is 5.7.11 with 5.8.0 right around the corner. For the annotation part nothing has changed, and XP framework is used to build the intranet of 1&1 Internet as well as a lot of internal tools.

New kids on the block
So, the three frameworks providing annotations are still alive. Question is, are there any new kids on the block? A little research reveals: yes, there are.

One of them is Pia which provides annotations and an annotation API for PHP 5.3. It seems to be under active development and there seems to be no release yet.

Nothing really usable yet, but recently a feature idea for annotation support within the "/

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