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Zend Framework Contributors Mailing-List Summary; Edition #1 (June 2011)

Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 28 June 2011.
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What's this nonsense then? Well, a few weeks ago I shot myself in the foot (I was aiming for the cat who spilled coffee all over my desk) and before my sanity returned to normal, I found myself hoodwinked on IRC into writing up weekly summaries of what is discussed in Zend Framework land. The moral of the story is that the attempted murder of any ungrateful coffee-spilling animals sharing your home never ends well.

Let's see how good a verbose meandering writer can be at summarising things. I decided to refer to myself by name throughout to avoid confusion.

Discussion Time: In ZF2, where do things go?

Ralph Schindler sprang this topic on us back in April and it has stubbornly continued on ever since. Ralph's initial question boiled down to where should we put resource files, i.e. files utilised by PHP class files but not written in PHP themselves. The two options presented were to store them relative to the class files inside the library directory or store them in a completely separate parallel directory specifically for resources.

Opinions varied quite a bit and Mike Willbanks opined that we should follow PEAR standards rather doing our own thing and seek to limit include_path performance issues. Matthew Weier O'Phinney noted that include_path performance concerns should be minimal using ZF2as autoloader solution which he has researched, and the intention was to use PEAR or Pyrus. PAdraic Brady (I know that name from somewhere!) chipped in that any decision ought to be made independent of the packaging used, referencing possible weaknesses in how PEAR handles installation, unit tests and documentation viewing. Ralph responded to clarify possible workings of a separate resource directly using simple constants and allowing users to selectively override this noting the existence of the Assetic project (used by Symfony 2). Kevin McArthur added a vote to avoiding PEAR citing the need for multi-version installation support in a final solution and suggested the PHAR format for consideration.

Short version: Someone will make a choiceaeventually .

How to Package ZF2

PAdraic spawned a new thread from the above earlier topic outlining the options available for packaging source code including PEAR, Pyrus, Git and a Symfony related project (now known as Composer). He also reiterated concerns previously raised regarding PEAR/Pyrus. There followed a side discussion on how individuals were actually deploying applications and managing QA and patches. Matthew raised an objection to the concept of centralised multi-version installs of Zend Framework citing alternative solutions such as deploying applications already containing the Zend Framework version required as easing maintenance and uncertainty. He also asked Kevin McArthur to clarify the use of PHAR. Kevin responded to offer an answer as to why centralised multi-installs were useful citing benefits in minimising the APC cache memory (centralised libraries offering minimal chances of having identical copies being cached), and offering an example bootstrap script for such an architecture to manage version selection.

Matthew also posted responses to points brought up in respect of Pyrus noting, among other things, that it was closer to stable than suspected, that centralised multi-versioning was possibly not as popular as believed, that git support may be possible to add independently, and that XML package definitions had a number of advantages. The debate over centralised multi-version installations of Zend Frameworks continues for a large number of emails without resolution (too much to summarise other than to note each side is firmly divided by the benefits their particular appr

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