Zend Framework 1.0.3 Released

Zend Framework (ZF) 1.0.3 has been released. This is the third maintenance release since the launch of Zend Framework 1.0 at the beginning of July 2007, which goes to show how quickly the ZF community is growing.

Zend Framework is quickly becoming the most popular PHP5 framework, mostly due to the fact that it does not tie you to coding in a specific way. You can use individual components or choose to use the entire Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture. In a post written on the Zend Blog, the ZF team are expecting over 3 million downloads of the framework by the end of the year.

The near future roadmap for ZF includes adding support for even more web services and providing a standard solution for handling web forms. There will also be improvements in the online documentation (which is already an excellent reference) and tutorials as well as support for OpenID.

We can expect some of these features to be ready for the upcoming 1.1.0 release which is expected in the first quarter of 2008.

For more information, see Zend Framework Components and the Zend Framework roadmap.

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Starbox – Rating stars for prototype

Nick Stakenburg (creator of Prototip) has just submitted a new project to Scripteka. “Starbox” is a Prototype based rating system, allowing you to easily create all kinds of rating boxes using just one image. Additionally, you can use to add effects.

The Starbox rating system is a new interactive feature which allows users to submit their own rating towards a particular subject. This system is ideal for a majority of websites who wish to include a rating system, which promotes the interactivity and feedback of users. The Starbox rating system is particularly useful for websites such as Amazon, where people can write their own review based on an item.

Starbox is not the first rating system to be created for Prototype and there are other more mature choices available on Scripteka including Rater 2.0, which allows for more customisation of the rating control but has larger overheads. You might also want to check out Control.Rating, especially if you are using other components of Control Suite from LivePipe. Personally, I like the look of Starbox and if it is as simple to use, cleanly coded and well defined as Prototip it will be my rating system of choice if I ever find the need to use one.

I recommend subscribing to the Scripteka feed, as I am sure it will become a valuable resource when looking for new extensions based on Prototype.

For downloads, interactive demos and more, see Starbox by Nick Stakenburg.


Prototip 1.1.0 Final Released

Prototip 1.1.0 Final has now been released. Prototip 1.1.0 is now guaranteed to work with the final version of Prototype 1.6.0 and extra values for the hooking property have been added since the preview release.

The hooking property takes a few extra values now, allowing you to hook tips to the: topMiddle; bottomMiddle; leftMiddle; and rightMiddle of elements.

All those using the preview release should upgrade to ensure full compatibility with Prototype.

More details can be found at Prototip 1.1.0 Final by Nick Stakenburg.

Don’t forget to rate Prototip as your favourite Prototype based tooltip library on Scripteka!


Scripteka, Prototype 1.6 and Scriptaculous 1.8 Released!

Prototype 1.6.0 Final has now been released on the same day as Scriptaculous 1.8.0.

In a previous post about Prototype 1.6.0 RC1, I discussed many of the improvements this release will bring. Prototype 1.6.0 is the most significant release in over two years bringing a completely rewritten Class API, new enchancements to the DOM API and more.

Scriptaculous 1.8.0 was also released on the same day and is fully compatible with Prototype 1.6.0 final. The latest version brings many performance improvements and bug fixes and a few new features, including support for playing .mp3 sounds! Future releases of Scriptaculous 1.x will be bug releases only. A preview version of Scriptaculous 2.0 is expected soon!

Prototip 1.1.0 is expected to be released shortly after the final release of Prototype 1.6.0.

There is also a fantastic new website which recently went live called Scripteka. Scripteka is a site that many users of prototype have been waiting for, a central resource for all libraires, extensions and add-ons created using the prototype framework. It features a full rating system and tagging. Scripteka is itself an application built with prototype.

See the full post on the release of Prototype 1.6.0 for more info.

See the full post on the release of Scriptaculous 1.8.0 for more info.

Prototip can be found at Nick Stakenburg’s Prototip site.