A quick recap of the best new features introduced in Symfony 2.8 and available in Symfony 3.0.
This article is the last one in the "New in Symfony 2.8" series. It explains five minor but useful improvements introduced in several Symfony components.
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Symfony 2.8 introduces twelve small and decoupled polyfill components to "fill the gaps" of PHP 5.x versions and missing extensions. Now your applications can safely use PHP features and functions available in any PHP version.
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In Symfony 2.8 we decided to simplify the DependencyInjection component by removing the concept of "scopes" and introducing the "shared" configuration option.
The VarDumper component provides mechanisms for walking through any arbitrary PHP variable and a replacement for PHP's var_dump(). Symfony 2.8 added new casters to VarDumper, which are responsible to format the dumped information accordingly to their types.
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Symfony 2.8 added new features to Dependency Injection, such as service decoration priorities, resetteable containers, logging of unused tags and simpler compiler pass registration.
Symfony 2.8 added support for XLIFF 2.0, for dumping translation contents without writing them in a file and for configuring the paths where translation files should be loaded from.
The upcoming Symfony 3.1 version will introduce lots of new and useful features for the Yaml component. But before enjoying those features, in Symfony 2.8 we needed to deprecate some features to make Yaml files comply with the Yaml specification.