Symfony 2020 Year in Review
2020 was a year like no other. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the personal and professional lives of millions of people. Symfony was no exception and we struggled at times during this year. Nonetheless, thanks to your help and support, we won through and 2020 was a good year for Symfony, all things considered.
We had to cancel most of the physical conferences because of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but we could organize the following:
We also organized some online conferences:
- SymfonyLive Online (April 17)
- SymfonyWorld Online 2020 (December 3-4) (this one was the biggest Symfony conference ever)
Next year, we'll organize a single physical conference in English: SymfonyCon Disneyland Paris 2021 (December 2-3, 2021). We'll also organize more online conferences, including several regional conferences in Poland, France, Germany and Spain.
The Symfony Core Team is the group of developers that determine the direction and evolution of the Symfony project.
In 2020, Symfony appointed five new members to the group:
Symfony components surpassed 500 million downloads in 2016, 1 billion in 2017 and 3 billions in 2019. In 2020 they surpassed 6 billion downloads and our pseudo-real time download stats show around 110 downloads per second ( 9.6 million downloads per day).
In 2020 we released three new components:
We published four security advisories. Thanks to the Symfony Security Team for their coordination work and thanks to all developers who reported and fixed those vulnerabilities.
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In 2019, a new book about Symfony was announced: Symfony 5: The Fast Track. It was originally launched as a crowdfunding project, and the project backers received it as a printed book.
In 2020 we published the book contents for free in 14 languages thanks to the amazing work of the translation teams.
According to GitHub contribution stats these were the most active contributors in 2020 in the main Symfony repositories:
- Javier Eguiluz: 352 commits
- Wouter De Jong: 108 commits
- Oskar Stark: 98 commits
- Thomas Landauer: 49 commits
- Tobias Nyholm: 46 commits
These are the stats for the two main Symfony repositories, but there are many other contributors working on other repositories and there are many developers working on third-party bundles too. Thanks to all of them!
- The European Commission published its first Symfony Bundles.
- We launched the Symfony 5 certification and changed our partner to provide a better online certification experience.
- SymfonyCloud added support for PHP 8 and Composer 2, and improved support for Symfony Messenger.
- SymfonyInsight organized a free webinar on code quality and introduced new quality checks.
Despite the challenges introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic, this was a good year for Symfony. All this wouldn't be possible without your continuous support. Thanks for being part of the Symfony community and stay safe!
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