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What's new in symfony 1.3/1.4?

This tutorial is a quick technical introduction for symfony 1.3/1.4. It is for developers who have already worked with symfony 1.2 and who want to quickly learn new features of symfony 1.3/1.4.

First, please note that symfony 1.3 is compatible with PHP 5.2.4 or later.

If you want to upgrade from 1.2, please read the UPGRADE file found in the symfony distribution. You will have there all the information needed to safely upgrade your projects to symfony 1.3.


As of symfony 1.3/1.4, there is a new default mailer based on SwiftMailer 4.1.

Sending an email is as simple as using the composeAndSend() method from an action:

$this->getMailer()->composeAndSend('', '', 'Subject', 'Body');

If you need to have more flexibility, you can also use the compose() method and send it afterwards. Here is for instance how to add an attachment to the message:

$message = $this->getMailer()->
  compose('', '', 'Subject', 'Body')->

As the mailer is quite powerful, refer to the documentation for more information.


When a new application is created with the generate:app task, the security settings are now enabled by default:

  • escaping_strategy: The value is now true by default (can be disabled with the --escaping-strategy option).

  • csrf_secret: A random password is generated by default, and thus, the CSRF protection is enabled by default (can be disabled with the --csrf-secret option). It is highly recommended that you change the default generated password, by editing the settings.yml configuration file, or by using the --csrf-secret option.


Default Labels

When a label is auto-generated from the field name, _id suffixes are now removed:

  • first_name => First name (as before)
  • author_id => Author (was "Author id" before)


The sfWidgetFormInput class is now abstract. Text input fields are now created with the sfWidgetFormInputText class. This change was made to ease introspection of form classes.

I18n widgets

The following widgets have been added:

  • sfWidgetFormI18nChoiceLanguage
  • sfWidgetFormI18nChoiceCurrency
  • sfWidgetFormI18nChoiceCountry
  • sfWidgetFormI18nChoiceTimezone

The first three of them replace the now deprecated sfWidgetFormI18nSelectLanguage, sfWidgetFormI18nSelectCurrency, and sfWidgetFormI18nSelectCountry widgets.

Fluent Interface

The widgets now implement a fluid interface for the following methods:

  • sfWidgetForm: setDefault(), setLabel(), setIdFormat(), setHidden()

  • sfWidget: addRequiredOption(), addOption(), setOption(), setOptions(), setAttribute(), setAttributes()

  • sfWidgetFormSchema: setDefault(), setDefaults(), addFormFormatter(), setFormFormatterName(), setNameFormat(), setLabels(), setLabel(), setHelps(), setHelp(), setParent()

  • sfWidgetFormSchemaDecorator: addFormFormatter(), setFormFormatterName(), setNameFormat(), setLabels(), setHelps(), setHelp(), setParent(), setPositions()



The sfValidatorRegex has a new must_match option. If set to false, the regex must not match for the validator to pass.

The pattern option of sfValidatorRegex can now be an instance of sfCallable that returns a regex when called.


The sfValidatorUrl has a new protocols option. This allows you to specify what protocols to allow:

$validator = new sfValidatorUrl(array('protocols' => array('http', 'https')));

The following protocols are allowed by default:

  • http
  • https
  • ftp
  • ftps


The sfValidatorSchemaCompare class has two new comparators:

  • IDENTICAL, which is equivalent to ===;
  • NOT_IDENTICAL, which is equivalent to !==;

sfValidatorChoice, sfValidatorPropelChoice, sfValidatorDoctrineChoice

The sfValidatorChoice, sfValidatorPropelChoice, sfValidatorDoctrineChoice validators have two new options that are enabled only if the multiple option is true:

  • min The minimum number of values that need to be selected
  • max The maximum number of values that need to be selected

I18n validators

The following validators have been added:

  • sfValidatorI18nChoiceTimezone

Default Error Messages

You can now define default error messages globally by using the sfValidatorBase::setDefaultMessage() method:

sfValidatorBase::setDefaultMessage('required', 'This field is required.');

The previous code will override the default 'Required.' message for all validators. Note that the default messages must be defined before any validator is created (the configuration class is a good place).


The setRequiredMessage() and setInvalidMessage() methods are deprecated and call the new setDefaultMessage() method.

When symfony displays an error, the error message to use is determined as follows:

  • Symfony looks for a message passed when the validator was created (via the second argument of the validator constructor);

  • If it is not defined, it looks for a default message defined with the setDefaultMessage() method;

  • If it is not defined, it falls back to the default message defined by the validator itself (when the message has been added with the addMessage() method).

Fluent Interface

The validators now implement a fluid interface for the following methods:

  • sfValidatorSchema: setPreValidator(), setPostValidator()

  • sfValidatorErrorSchema: addError(), addErrors()

  • sfValidatorBase: addMessage(), setMessage(), setMessages(), addOption(), setOption(), setOptions(), addRequiredOption()


An exception is thrown when creating an instance of sfValidatorFile if file_uploads is disabled in php.ini.



The new sfForm::useFields() method removes all non-hidden fields from a form except the ones given as an argument. It is sometimes easier to explicitly give the fields you want to keep in a form, instead of unsetting all unneeded fields. For instance, when adding new fields to a base form, they won't automagically appear in your form until explicitly added (think of a model form where you add a new column to the related table).

class ArticleForm extends BaseArticleForm
  public function configure()
    $this->useFields(array('title', 'content'));

By default, the array of fields is also used to change the fields order. You can pass false as the second argument to useFields() to disable the automatic reordering.


You can now access a particular embedded form using the ->getEmbeddedForm() method.


The ->renderHiddenFields() method now renders hidden fields from embedded forms. An argument has been added to disable recursion, useful if you render embedded forms using a formatter.

// render all hidden fields, including those from embedded forms
echo $form->renderHiddenFields();
// render hidden fields without recurring
echo $form->renderHiddenFields(false);


The new sfFormSymfony class introduces the event dispatcher to symfony forms. You can access the dispatcher from inside your form classes as self::$dispatcher. The following form events are now notified by symfony:

  • form.post_configure: This event is notified after every form is configured
  • form.filter_values: This event filters the merged, tainted parameters and files array just prior to binding
  • form.validation_error: This event is notified whenever form validation fails
  • form.method_not_found: This event is notified whenever an unknown method is called


Every new symfony 1.3/1.4 project includes a BaseForm class that you can use to extend the Form component or add project-specific functionality. The forms generated by sfDoctrinePlugin and sfPropelPlugin automatically extend this class. If you create additional form classes they should now extend BaseForm rather than sfForm.


The cleaning of tainted parameters has been isolated in a developer-friendly method, ->doBind(), which receives the merged array of parameters and files from ->bind().


The Doctrine and Propel form classes now include a developer-friendly ->doUpdateObject() method. This method receives an array of values from ->updateObject() that has already been processed by ->processValues().

sfForm::enableLocalCSRFProtection() and sfForm::disableLocalCSRFProtection()

Using the sfForm::enableLocalCSRFProtection() and sfForm::disableLocalCSRFProtection() methods, you can now easily configure the CSRF protection from the configure() method of your form classes.

To disable the CSRF protection for a form, add the following line in its configure() method:


By calling the disableLocalCSRFProtection(), the CSRF protection will be disabled, even if you pass a CSRF secret when creating a form instance.

Fluent Interface

Some sfForm methods now implement a fluent interface: addCSRFProtection(), setValidators(), setValidator(), setValidatorSchema(), setWidgets(), setWidget(), setWidgetSchema(), setOption(), setDefault(), and setDefaults().


All symfony autoloaders are now case-insensitive. PHP is case-insensitive, now so is symfony.

sfAutoloadAgain (EXPERIMENTAL)

A special autoloader has been added that is just for use in debug mode. The new sfAutoloadAgain class will reload the standard symfony autoloader and search the filesystem for the class in question. The net effect is that you no longer have to run symfony cc after adding a new class to a project.


Speed up Testing

When you have a large suite of tests, it can be very time consuming to launch all tests every time you make a change, especially if some tests fail. That's because each time you fix a test, you should run the whole test suite again to ensure that you have not break something else. But as long as the failed tests are not fixed, there is no point in re-executing all other tests. As of symfony 1.3/1.4, the test:all and symfony:test tasks have a --only-failed (-f as a shortcut) option that forces the task to only re-execute tests that failed during the previous run:

$ php symfony test:all --only-failed

Here is how it works: the first time, all tests are run as usual. But for subsequent test runs, only tests that failed last time are executed. As you fix your code, some tests will pass, and will be removed from subsequent runs. When all tests pass again, the full test suite is run... you can then rinse and repeat.

Functional Tests

When a request generates an exception, the debug() method of the response tester now outputs a readable text representation of the exception, instead of the normal HTML output. It makes debugging much easier.

sfTesterResponse has a new matches() method that runs a regex on the whole response content. It is of great help on non XML-like responses, where checkElement() is not useable. It also replaces the less-powerful contains() method:

  matches('/I have \d+ apples/')->    // it takes a regex as an argument
  matches('!/I have \d+ apples/')->   // a ! at the beginning means that the regex must not match
  matches('!/I have \d+ apples/i')->  // you can also add regex modifiers

JUnit Compatible XML Output

The test tasks are now able to output a JUnit compatible XML file by using the --xml option:

$ php symfony test:all --xml=log.xml

Easy Debugging

To ease the debugging when a test harness reports failed tests, you can now pass the --trace option to have a detailed output about the failures:

$ php symfony test:all -t

Lime Output Colorization

As of symfony 1.3/1.4, lime does the right thing as far as colorization is concerned. It means, that you can almost always omit the second argument of the lime constructor of lime_test:

$t = new lime_test(1);


The response tester now includes a method to easily verify that all fields in a form have been rendered to the response:


Or, if you prefer, you can pass a form object:


If the response includes multiple forms you have the option of providing a CSS selector to pinpoint which portion of the DOM to test:

  checkForm('ArticleForm', '#articleForm')->


You can now check whether a response is well-formed XML with the response tester's ->isValid() method:


You also validate the response against its document type be passing true as an argument:


Alternatively, if you have a XSD or RelaxNG schema to validate against, you can provide the path to this file:


Listen to context.load_factories

You can now add listeners for the context.load_factories event to your functional tests. This was not possible in previous versions of symfony.

$browser->addListener('context.load_factories', array($browser, 'listenForNewContext'));

A better ->click()

You can now pass any CSS selector to the ->click() method, making it much easier to target the element you want semantically.

  ->click('form[action$="/login"] input[type="submit"]')


The symfony CLI now attempts to detect the width of your terminal window and formats lines to fit. If detection is not possible the CLI defaults to 78 columns wide.


There is a new sfTask::askAndValidate() method to ask a question to the user and validates its input:

$answer = $this->askAndValidate('What is you email?', new sfValidatorEmail());

The method also accepts an array of options (see the API doc for more information).


From time to time, developers need to run the symfony test suite to check that symfony works well on their specific platform. Until now, they had to know the prove.php script bundled with symfony to do that. As of symfony 1.3/1.4, there is a built-in task, symfony:test that launches the symfony core test suite from the command line, like any other task:

$ php symfony symfony:test

If you were used to run php test/bin/prove.php, you should now run the equivalent php data/bin/symfony symfony:test command.


The project:deploy task has been slightly improved. It now displays the progress of the files transfer in real-time, but only if the -t option is passed. If not, the task is silent, except for errors of course. Speaking of errors, if one occurs, the output is on a red background to ease problem identification.


As of symfony 1.3/1.4, Doctrine is the default configured ORM when executing the generate:project task:

$ php /path/to/symfony generate:project foo

To generate a project for Propel, use the --orm option:

$ php /path/to/symfony generate:project foo --orm=Propel

If you don't want to use Propel or Doctrine, you can pass none to the --orm option:

$ php /path/to/symfony generate:project foo --orm=none

The new --installer option allows you to pass a PHP script that can further customize the newly created project. The script is executed in the context of the task, and so can use any of its methods. The more useful ones are the following: installDir(), runTask(), ask(), askConfirmation(), askAndValidate(), reloadTasks(), enablePlugin(), and disablePlugin().

More information can be found in this post from the official symfony blog.

You can also include a second "author" argument when generating a project, which specifies a value to use for the @author doc tag when symfony generates new classes.

$ php /path/to/symfony generate:project foo "Joe Schmo"


The sfFileSystem::execute() methods replaces the sfFileSystem::sh() method with more powerful features. It takes callbacks for real-time processing of the stdout and stderr outputs. It also returns both outputs as an array. You can find one example of its usage in the sfProjectDeployTask class.


The test:* tasks now filter test files through the task.test.filter_test_files event prior to running them. This event includes arguments and options parameters.

Enhancements to sfTask::run()

You can now pass an associative array of arguments and options to sfTask::run():

$task = new sfDoctrineConfigureDatabaseTask($this->dispatcher, $this->formatter);
  array('dsn' => 'mysql:dbname=mydb;host=localhost'),
  array('name' => 'master')

The previous version, which still works:



When calling a task that extends sfBaseTask from PHP, you no longer have to pass --application and --env options to ->run(). Instead, you can simply set the configuration object directly by calling ->setConfiguration().

$task = new sfDoctrineLoadDataTask($this->dispatcher, $this->formatter);

The previous version, which still works:

$task = new sfDoctrineLoadDataTask($this->dispatcher, $this->formatter);
$task->run(array(), array(

project:disable and project:enable

You can now wholesale disable or enable an entire environment using the project:disable and project:enable tasks:

$ php symfony project:disable prod
$ php symfony project:enable prod

You can also specify which applications to disable in that environment:

$ php symfony project:disable prod frontend backend
$ php symfony project:enable prod frontend backend

These tasks are backward compatible with their previous signature:

$ php symfony project:disable frontend prod
$ php symfony project:enable frontend prod

help and list

The help and list tasks can now display their information as XML:

$ php symfony list --xml
$ php symfony help test:all --xml

The output is based on the new sfTask::asXml() method, which returns a XML representation of a task object.

The XML output is mostly useful for third-party tools like IDEs.


Running this task reduces the number of disk reads performed during runtime by caching the location of your application's template files. This task should only be used on a production server. Don't forget to re-run the task each time the project changes.

$ php symfony project:optimize frontend


The generate:app task now checks for a skeleton directory in your project's data/skeleton/app directory before defaulting to the skeleton bundled in the core.

Sending an Email from a Task

You can now easily send an email from a task by using the getMailer() method.

Using the Routing in a Task

You can now easily get the routing object from a task by using the getRouting() method.



When an exception is thrown during autoloading, symfony now catches them and outputs an error to the user. That should solve some "White screen of death" pages.

Web Debug Toolbar

If possible, the web debug toolbar is now also displayed on exception pages in the development environment.

Propel Integration

Propel has been upgraded to version 1.4. Please visit Propel's site for more information on their upgrade (

Propel Behaviors

The custom builder classes symfony has relied on to extend Propel have been ported to Propel 1.4's new behaviors system.


Before propel:insert-sql removes all data from a database, it asks for a confirmation. As this task can remove data from several databases, it now also displays the name of the connections of the related databases.

propel:generate-module, propel:generate-admin, propel:generate-admin-for-route

The propel:generate-module, propel:generate-admin, and propel:generate-admin-for-route tasks now takes a --actions-base-class option that allows the configuration of the actions base class for the generated modules.

Propel Behaviors

Propel 1.4 introduced an implementation of behaviors in the Propel codebase. The custom symfony builders have been ported into this new system.

If you would like to add native behaviors to your Propel models, you can do so in schema.yml:

      timestampable: ~

Or, if you use the old schema.yml syntax:

      timestampable: ~

Disabling form generation

You can now disable form generation on certain models by passing parameters to the symfony Propel behavior:

        form: false
        filter: false

Note that you have to rebuild the model before that setting is respected, because the behaviour is attached to the model and does only exist after rebuilding it.

Using a different version of Propel

Using a different version of propel is as easy as setting the sf_propel_runtime_path and sf_propel_generator_path config variables in ProjectConfiguration:

// config/ProjectConfiguration.class.php
public function setup()
  sfConfig::set('sf_propel_runtime_path', '/path/to/propel/runtime');
  sfConfig::set('sf_propel_generator_path', '/path/to/propel/generator');


Default Requirements

The default \d+ requirement is now only applied to a sfObjectRouteCollection when the column option is the default id. This means you no longer have to provide an alternate requirement when a non-numeric column is specified (i.e. slug).

sfObjectRouteCollection options

A new default_params option has been added to sfObjectRouteCollection. It allows for default parameters to be registered for each generated route:

  class: sfDoctrineRouteCollection
      section: forum


Output Colorization

Symfony tries to guess if your console supports colors when you use the symfony CLI tool. But sometimes, symfony guesses wrong; for instance when you use Cygwin (because colorization is always turned off on the Windows platform).

As of symfony 1.3/1.4, you can force the use of colors for the output by passing the global --color option.


Data update

The data used for all I18N operations was updated from the ICU project. Symfony comes now with about 330 locale files, which is an increase of about 70 compared to Symfony 1.2. Please note that the updated data might be slightly different from what has been in there before, so for example test cases checking for the tenth item in a language list might fail.

Sorting according to user locale

All sorting on this locale dependent data is now also performed locale dependent. sfCultureInfo->sortArray() can be used for that.


Before symfony 1.3/1.4, all plugins were enabled by default, except for the sfDoctrinePlugin and the sfCompat10Plugin ones:

class ProjectConfiguration extends sfProjectConfiguration
  public function setup()
    // for compatibility / remove and enable only the plugins you want
    $this->enableAllPluginsExcept(array('sfDoctrinePlugin', 'sfCompat10Plugin'));

For freshly created projects with symfony 1.3/1.4, plugins must be explicitly enabled in the ProjectConfiguration class to be able to use them:

class ProjectConfiguration extends sfProjectConfiguration
  public function setup()

The plugin:install task automatically enables the plugin(s) it installs (and plugin:uninstall disable them). If you install a plugin via Subversion, you still need to enable it by hand.

If you want to use a core-plugin, like sfProtoculousPlugin or sfCompat10Plugin, you just need to add the corresponding enablePlugins() statement in the ProjectConfiguration class.


If you upgrade a project from 1.2, the old behavior will still be active as the upgrade task does not change the ProjectConfiguration file. The behavior change is only for new symfony 1.3/1.4 projects.


You can connect a plugin's tests to the test:* tasks by calling that plugin configuration's ->connectTests() method in the new setupPlugins() method:

class ProjectConfiguration extends sfProjectConfiguration
  public function setupPlugins()



Symfony 1.3/1.4 formats file paths as clickable links whenever possible (i.e. the debug exception template). The sf_file_link_format is used for this purpose, if set, otherwise symfony will look for the xdebug.file_link_format PHP configuration value.

For example, if you want to open files in TextMate, add the following to settings.yml:

    file_link_format: txmt://open?url=file://%f&line=%l

The %f placeholder will be replaced with file's absolute path and the %l placeholder will be replaced with the line number.

Doctrine Integration

Doctrine has been upgraded to version 1.2. Please visit Doctrine's site for more information on their upgrade (

Generating Form Classes

It is now possible to specify additional options for symfony in your Doctrine YAML schema files. We've added some options to disable the generation of form and filter classes.

For example in a typical many to many reference model, you don't need any form or filter form classes generated. So you can now do the following:

      form: false
      filter: false
      type: integer
      primary: true
      type: integer
      primary: true

Form Classes Inheritance

When you generate forms from your models, your models contain inheritance. The generated child classes will respect the inheritance and generate forms that follow the same inheritance structure.

New Tasks

We have introduced a few new tasks to help you when developing with Doctrine.

Create Model Tables

You can now individually create the tables for a specified array of models. It will drop the tables first then re-create them for you. This is useful if you are developing some new models in an existing project/database and you don't want to blow away the whole database and just want to rebuild a subset of tables.

$ php symfony doctrine:create-model-tables Model1 Model2 Model3

Delete Model Files

Often you will change your models, renaming things, remove unused models, etc. in your YAML schema files. When you do this, you then have orphaned model, form and filter classes. You can now manually clean out the generated files related to a model by using the doctrine:delete-model-files task.

$ php symfony doctrine:delete-model-files ModelName

The above task will find all the related generated files and report them to you before asking you to confirm whether you would like to delete the files or not.

Clean Model Files

You can automate the above process and find out what models exist on the disk but do not exist in your YAML schema files by using the doctrine:clean-model-files task.

$ php symfony doctrine:clean-model-files

The above command will compare your YAML schema files with the models and files that have been generated and determine what should be removed. These models are then passed on to the doctrine:delete-model-files task. It will ask you to confirm the removal of any files before actually deleting anything.

Build whatever

The new doctrine:build task allows you to specify what exactly you would like symfony and Doctrine to build. This task replicates the functionality in many of the existing combination-tasks, which have all been deprecated in favor of this more flexible solution.

Here are some possible uses of doctrine:build:

$ php symfony doctrine:build --db --and-load

This will drop (:drop-db) and create (:build-db) the database, create the tables configured in schema.yml (:insert-sql) and load the fixture data (:data-load).

$ php symfony doctrine:build --all-classes --and-migrate

This will build the model (:build-model), forms (:build-forms), form filters (:build-filters) and run any pending migrations (:migrate).

$ php symfony doctrine:build --model --and-migrate --and-append=data/fixtures/categories.yml

This will build the model (:build-model), migrate the database (:migrate) and append category fixtures data (:data-load --append --dir=data/fixtures/categories.yml).

For more information see the doctrine:build task's help page.

New option: --migrate

The following tasks now include a --migrate option, which will replace the nested doctrine:insert-sql task with doctrine:migrate.

  • doctrine:build-all
  • doctrine:build-all-load
  • doctrine:build-all-reload
  • doctrine:build-all-reload-test-all
  • doctrine:rebuild-db
  • doctrine:reload-data

doctrine:generate-migration --editor-cmd

The doctrine:generate-migration task now includes a --editor-cmd option which will execute once the migration class is created for easy editing.

$ php symfony doctrine:generate-migration AddUserEmailColumn --editor-cmd=mate

This example will generate the new migration class and open the new file in TextMate.


This new task will automatically generate complete migration classes for you, based on your old and new schemas.

Create or drop specific connections

You can now specify database connection names when running doctrine:build-db and doctrine:drop-db:

$ php symfony doctrine:drop-db master slave1 slave2

Date Setters and Getters

We've added two new methods for retrieving Doctrine date or timestamp values as PHP DateTime object instances.

echo $article->getDateTimeObject('created_at')

You can also set a dates value by simply calling the setDateTimeObject method and passing a valid DateTime instance.

$article->setDateTimeObject('created_at', new DateTime('09/01/1985'));

doctrine:migrate --down

The doctrine:migrate now includes up and down options that will migrate your schema one step in the requested direction.

$ php symfony doctrine:migrate --down

doctrine:migrate --dry-run

If your database supports rolling back DDL statements (MySQL does not), you can take advantage of the new dry-run option.

$ php symfony doctrine:migrate --dry-run

Output DQL Task as Table of Data

When you would previously run the doctrine:dql command it will just output the data as YAML. We have added a new --table option. This option allows you to output the data as a table, similar to how it ouputs in the MySQL command line.

So now the following is possible.

$ ./symfony doctrine:dql "FROM Article a" --table
>> doctrine  executing dql query
DQL: FROM Article a
| id | author_id | is_on_homepage | created_at          | updated_at          |
| 1  | 1         |                | 2009-07-07 18:02:24 | 2009-07-07 18:02:24 |
| 2  | 2         |                | 2009-07-07 18:02:24 | 2009-07-07 18:02:24 |
(2 results)

Pass query parameters to doctrine:dql

The doctrine:dql task has also been enhanced to accept query parameters as arguments:

$ php symfony doctrine:dql "FROM Article a WHERE name LIKE ?" John%

Debugging queries in functional tests

The sfTesterDoctrine class now includes a ->debug() method. This method will output information about that queries that have been run in the current context.


You can view only the last few queries executed by passing an integer to the method, or show only queries that contain a substring or match a regular expression by passing a string.

  with('doctrine')->debug('/from articles/i')


The sfFormFilterDoctrine class can now be seeded a Doctrine_Query object via the query option:

$filter = new ArticleFormFilter(array(), array(
  'query' => $table->createQuery()->select('title, body'),

The table method specified via ->setTableMethod() (or now via the table_method option) is no longer required to return a query object. Any of the following are valid sfFormFilterDoctrine table methods:

// works in symfony >= 1.2
public function getQuery()
  return $this->createQuery()->select('title, body');
// works in symfony >= 1.2
public function filterQuery(Doctrine_Query $query)
  return $query->select('title, body');
// works in symfony >= 1.3
public function modifyQuery(Doctrine_Query $query)
  $query->select('title, body');

Customizing a form filter is now easier. To add a filtering field, all you have to do is add the widget and a method to process it.

class UserFormFilter extends BaseUserFormFilter
  public function configure()
    $this->widgetSchema['name'] = new sfWidgetFormInputText();
    $this->validatorSchema['name'] = new sfValidatorString(array('required' => false));
  public function addNameColumnQuery($query, $field, $value)
    if (!empty($value))
      $query->andWhere(sprintf('CONCAT(%s.f_name, %1$s.l_name) LIKE ?', $query->getRootAlias()), $value);

In earlier versions you would have need to extend getFields() in addition to creating a widget and method to get this to work.

Configuring Doctrine

You can now listen to the events doctrine.configure and doctrine.configure_connection to configure Doctrine. This means the Doctrine configuration can be easily customized from a plugin, as long as the plugin is enabled prior to sfDoctrinePlugin.

doctrine:generate-module, doctrine:generate-admin, doctrine:generate-admin-for-route

The doctrine:generate-module, doctrine:generate-admin, and doctrine:generate-admin-for-route tasks now takes a --actions-base-class option that allows the configuration of the actions base class for the generated modules.

Magic method doc tags

The magic getter and setter methods symfony adds to your Doctrine models are now represented in the doc header of each generated base class. If your IDE supports code completion, you should now see these getFooBar() and setFooBar() methods show up on model objects, where FooBar is a CamelCased field name.

Using a different version of Doctrine

Using a different version of Doctrine is as easy as setting the sf_doctrine_dir setting in ProjectConfiguration:

// config/ProjectConfiguration.class.php
public function setup()
  sfConfig::set('sf_doctrine_dir', '/path/to/doctrine/lib');

Web Debug Toolbar


Each panel in the web debug toolbar can specify a status that will affect its title's background color. For example, the background color of the log panel's title changes if any messages with a priority greater than sfLogger::INFO are logged.

sfWebDebugPanel request parameter

You can now specify a panel to be open on page load by appending a sfWebDebugPanel parameter to the URL. For example, appending ?sfWebDebugPanel=config would cause the web debug toolbar to render with the config panel open.

Panels can also inspect request parameters by accessing the web debug request_parameters option:

$requestParameters = $this->webDebug->getOption('request_parameters');


Slots improvements

The get_slot() and include_slot() helpers now accept a second parameter for specifying the default slot content to return if none is provided by the slot:

<?php echo get_slot('foo', 'bar') // will output 'bar' if slot 'foo' is not defined ?>
<?php include_slot('foo', 'bar') // will output 'bar' if slot 'foo' is not defined ?>


The sfDoctrinePager and sfPropelPager methods now implement the Iterator and Countable interfaces.

<?php if (count($pager)): ?>
    <?php foreach ($pager as $article): ?>
      <li><?php echo link_to($article->getTitle(), 'article_show', $article) ?></li>
    <?php endforeach; ?>
<?php else: ?>
  <p>No results.</p>
<?php endif; ?>

View cache

The view cache manager nows accept params in factories.yml. Generating the cache key for a view has been refactored in different methods to ease extending the class.

Two params are available in factories.yml:

  • cache_key_use_vary_headers (default: true): specify if the cache keys should include the vary headers part. In practice, it says if the page cache should be http header dependent, as specified in vary cache parameter.

  • cache_key_use_host_name (default: true): specify if the cache keys should include the host name part. In practice, it says if page cache should be hostname dependent.

Cache more

The view cache manager no longer refuses to cache based on whether there are values in the $_GET or $_POST arrays. The logic now simply confirms the current request is of the GET method before checking cache.yml. This means the following pages are now cacheable:

  • /js/my_compiled_javascript.js?cachebuster123
  • /users?page=3



The content of the request is now accessible via the getContent() method.

PUT and DELETE parameters

When a request comes in with either a PUT or a DELETE HTTP method with a content type set to application/x-www-form-urlencoded, symfony now parses the raw body and makes the parameters accessible like normal POST parameters.



The sfAction::redirect() method family is now compatible with the url_for() signature introduced in symfony 1.2:

// symfony 1.2
$this->redirect(array('sf_route' => 'article_show', 'sf_subject' => $article));
// symfony 1.3/1.4
$this->redirect('article_show', $article);

This enhancement was also applied to redirectIf() and redirectUnless().


link_to_if(), link_to_unless()

The link_to_if() and link_to_unless() helpers are now compatible with the link_to() signature introduced in symfony 1.2:

// symfony 1.2
<?php echo link_to_unless($foo, '@article_show?id='.$article->getId()) ?>
// symfony 1.3/1.4
<?php echo link_to_unless($foo, 'article_show', $article) ?>


You can now listen to context.method_not_found to dynamically add methods to sfContext. This is useful if you are added a lazy-loading factory, perhaps from a plugin.

class myContextListener
    $factory = null;
  public function listenForMethodNotFound(sfEvent $event)
    $context = $event->getSubject();
    if ('getLazyLoadingFactory' == $event['method'])
      if (null === $this->factory)
        $this->factory = new myLazyLoadingFactory($context->getEventDispatcher());
      return true;