Today, December 31, 2019, is the last day of the 2010s decade. That's why it's the perfect moment to make a quick recap of the last 10 years for the Symfony project.
The end of the year is the best time to review all that we achieved as a community during the past twelve months. These are some of the highlights of the 2019 year for the Symfony Project.
Symfony 5.0 introduces a new String component which deals with bytes, UTF-8 code points and grapheme clusters in a unified way, provides an object-oriented API for strings, and includes a slugger.
Symfony 4.4 improves the password hashing and migration features, provides faster container compilation, simplifies the redirection config in YAML and makes exceptions easier to understand when running tests.
In Symfony 4.4, routing config can exclude patterns, checking HTML contents is easier in tests, expressions support scientific numeric format, isGranted() deprecated checking multiple permissions and Twig linter included new options.
Symfony 4.4 adds many useful improvements, such as better PropertyAccess error messages, support for more only-of-type CSS selectors, a more flexible Range constraint, the option to sort extracted translation messages, an option to consider empty strings invalid and gitattributes files to exclude tests.
In addition to working on big new features, Symfony maintainers spend a lot of time working on invisible features that developers take for granted. This article shed light on some of these recent features.
In Symfony 4.4, we've improved the Profiler to display the details of the Mailer and HttpClient components, we've improved the Ajax requests panel and we've decreased the disk space needed to store each profile.
In Symfony 4.4, forms allow to disable validation per submit button, support alpha-3 codes for countries, improved the way preferred choices are displayed and simplified functional tests a bit.
In Symfony 4.4, the new ErrorHandler component replaces the Debug component to remove the Twig dependency and make Symfony exceptions compliant with modern standards.
The Symfony community met two weeks ago in Amsterdam, Netherlands, for the international Symfony conference from November 19th to 23rd in the great Beurs Van Berlage monument. We were super pleased to welcome more than 1300 people, more than 30 speakers and our amazing sponsors. This yearly gathering took place several days ago in the wonderful city of Amsterdam, where we could already feel the magic atmosphere of Christmas. Meeting the PHP Community was like a big family reunion at holiday season. We were so happy to see you all and hope you had a great time there with us!
In Symfony 4.4, commands should start returning their exit status, the trimming of QuestionHelper answers is configurable and the NO_COLOR env var is supported.
Symfony 4.4 generates a preloading file for your application so you can get a big performance boost when using PHP 7.4.
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