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Welcome to the Zend Framework 2.0.0 Release!

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Zend Framework 2.0.0beta4


This is the fourth in a series of planned beta releases. The beta release cycle will follow the "gmail" style of betas, whereby new features will be added in each new release, and BC will not be guaranteed; beta releases will happen approximately every six weeks.

Once the established milestones have been reached and the featureset has reached maturity and reasonable stability, we will freeze the API and prepare for Release Candidate (RC) status. At this time, we are only planning for one more beta release (beta5) before starting the RC process.


PLEASE NOTE: this beta includes a large number of breaks from the previous beta, due to introduction of the ServiceManager, changes to the EventManager, renaming of the ModuleManager, rewrite of the Form component (and removal of the Dojo component), and several changes in the View layer. Please consult the ZendSkeletonApplication to get an idea of the changes necessary to make your application work with beta4.

  • Config component (Enrico Zimuel)
    • Added reader and writer implementations for JSON and YAML configuration
  • Crypt and Math (Enrico Zimuel)
    • Creates a generic API for string and stream en/decryption
    • Provides bcrypt support
    • Provides BigInteger support
    • Provides common methodology surrounding credential encryption and hashing
  • Db layer (Ralph Schindler)
    • Zend\Db\Adapter: added buffer() to the ResultInterface, added that feature to Mysqli Result object
    • Zend\Db\Adapter: added ability to subselect Sqlite for returning a true count()
    • Zend\Db\Adapter: added API to return helper closures from the Adapter API
    • Renamed "database" to "schema" in all usages across Zend\Db
    • Zend\Db\Adapter: Various fixes for PDO connection parameters
    • Zend\Db\Sql: created a shared AbstractSql implementation to share expression processing
    • Zend\Db\Sql: created a more robust "Expression" object for use in Select and Predicates
    • Zend\Db\Sql: created an internal workflow and architecture to handle the creation of platform specific queries
    • Zend\Db\Sql: implemented limit() and offset() API to Select
    • Zend\Db\Sql: added having(), order() to SELECT API
    • Zend\Db\Sql: added alias support to Select::columns()
    • Zend\Db\TableGateway: reorganized AbstractTableGateway and TableGateway, removed other extensions in favor of "Features"
    • Zend\Db\TableGateway: created a "Features" API in TableGatway to promote horizontal extension of TableGatway
  • Di (Ralph Schindler, Marco Pivetta)
    • Added method injectDependencies($instance), to allow injecting an object after an instance is already available (used in the ServiceManager)
    • Various fixes based on issue reports
  • Dojo
    • REMOVED. Support was for out-dated versions of Dojo, and with the new Form rewrite, it needs to be completely rewritten. This is targetted for post 2.0.0 at this time.
  • EventManager (Matthew Weier O'Phinney)
    • New SharedEventManager, a non-static version of the original StaticEventManager
    • StaticEventManager now extends SharedEventManager and implements a singleton pattern
    • New ServiceManager creates a shared instance of SharedEventManager and injects it in a non-shared EventManager instance per service; static usage is discouraged at this time.
    • attachAggregate() now accepts an optional $priority, which, when present, will be passed to the ListenerAggregate, allowing specifying a priority during attachment of its events.
    • EventManager now can handle arrays of events as well as wildcard events
    • SharedEventManager now can handle arrays of contexts, wildcard contexts, and arrays/wildcard events.
  • Form (Matthew Weier O'Phinney, Kyle Spraggs, Guilherme Blanco)
    • Complete rewrite
    • Elements compose a name and attributes
    • Fieldsets compose a name, attributes, and elements and fieldsets
    • Forms compose a name, attributes, elements, fieldsets, an InputFilter, and optionally a Hydrator and bound object.
    • New form view helpers accept the Form objects in order to generate markup.
    • Object binding allows direct binding of model data to and from the Form.
  • InputFilter (Matthew Weier O'Phinney)
    • New component for object-oriented creation of input filters
    • Input objects compose filter and validator chains, as well as metadata such as required, allow empty, break on failure, and more.
    • InputFilter objects compose Input and InputFilter objects, and allow validating the entire set or specified validation groups.
  • Log (Enrico Zimuel, Benoit Durand)
    • Refactored to provide more flexibility
    • Adds API discoverability (instead of method overloading)
    • Uses the PluginBroker for loading writers and formatters
    • Uses PriorityQueue to manage writer priority
    • Uses FilterChain for filtering messages
    • Adds a renderer for exceptions, a JSON formatter, and additional interfaces
  • Mail (Enrico Zimuel)
    • Allow batch sending via the SMTP transport
  • ModuleManager (Evan Coury, Matthew Weier O'Phinney)
    • Renamed from "Module" to "ModuleManager"
    • Renamed "Consumer" subnamespace to "Feature"
    • Added new listeners:
      • OnBootstrapListener (Module classes defining onBootstrap() will have that method attached as a listener on the Application bootstrap event)
      • LocatorRegistrationListener (Module classes implementing the LocatorRegisteredInterface feature will be injected in the ServiceManager)
      • ServiceListener (Module classes defining getServiceConfiguration() will have that method called, and the configuration merged; once all modules are loaded, that merged configuration will be passed to the ServiceManager)
  • MVC (Matthew Weier O'Phinney, Ralph Schindler, Evan Coury)
    • Removed Bootstrap class and rewrote Application class
      • Composes a ServiceManager, and simply fires events
    • Added RouteListener and DispatchListener classes, implementing the default route and dispatch strategies.
    • Created a new "Service" subnamespace, with ServiceManager configuration and factories for the default MVC services.
    • Created a new "ViewManager" class, which triggers on the bootstrap event, at which time it creates the various objects of the view layer and wires them together as well as registers them with the appropriate events.
    • InjectTemplateListener now uses the controller namespace to further namespace the view template; the default is now "//"
  • ServiceManager component (Ralph Schindler, Matthew Weier O'Phinney)
    • Highly performant, programmatic service creation
    • Largely replaces DI, but can also consume Zend\Di
    • Allows:
      • Service registration
      • Lazy-loaded service objects
      • Service factories
      • Service aliasing
      • Abstract (fallback) factories
      • Initializers (manipulate instances after creation)
    • Fully integrated in the MVC solution
  • Renamed interfaces (Gabriel Baker, Sascha Prolic, Maks3w)
    • Most, if not all, interfaces were renamed to suffix with the word "Interface". This is to promote discovery of interfaces, as well as make naming simpler.
    • Exceptions are affected by this as well. Exception marker interfaces were renamed to ExceptionInterface and pushed into the Exception subnamespace of each component
  • Composer support (Rob Allen, Marco Pivetta, Kyle Spraggs)
    • Zend Framework is now installable via Composer (, as are each of its individual components
  • Travis CI integration (Marco Pivetta, Maks3w)

Over 400 pull requests for a variety of features and bugfixes were handled since beta3!


Zend Framework 2 requires PHP 5.3.3 or later; we recommend using the latest PHP version whenever possible.


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Online documentation can be found at Questions that are not addressed in the manual should be directed to the appropriate mailing list:

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