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.