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-#### You asked for a better framework. Here it is.
+# The Lithium's Laboratory
-Lithium is fast, flexible and the most RAD development framework for PHP 5.3 and up.
+![Laboratory](http://i.imgur.com/08Omtoe.png)
-##### A framework of firsts
+[Lithium](http://lithify.me) is a fast, flexible and must have RAD development framework for PHP 5.3+. You can find more informations about this awesome framework on the [official github repository](https://github.com/UnionOfRAD/lithium).
-Lithium is the first and only major PHP framework built from the ground up for PHP 5.3+, and the first to break ground into major new technologies, including bridging the gap between relational and non-relational databases through a single, unified API.
+## Do experiments, try, and merge !
-##### Promiscuously opinionated
+So this laboratory is essentially a place for chemists who want to manipulate atoms and looking for new awesome molecules for Lithium.
-Some frameworks give you a solid set of classes, but little or no default project organization, leaving you to fend for yourself on each project you create, and spend time wiring up framework classes that should just work together. Others provide you with great organizational conventions, but no way to break out of those conventions if you need to, and too often, no way to override or replace core framework classes.
+**Before continuing, we must warn of the possible discovering of explosive molecules here**
-Lithium is the first framework to give you the best of both worlds, without compromising either. In fact, Lithium's API is intentionally designed to allow you to "grow out of" the framework and into your own custom code over the course of your application's lifecycle, if your needs require.
+So to take full profits of researchs, an good knowledge of the Lithium core is greatly advisable.
-#### Technology
+But like all experimental researchs, the discoveries may or may not be a part of Lithium, only depends on you. So modifications on methods names or inner logic can change once merged (if merged) on the official Lithium repository.
-Lithium takes full advantage of the latest PHP 5.3 features, including namespaces, late static binding and closures. Lithium's innovative [method filter system](http://li3.me/docs/lithium/util/collection/Filters) makes extensive use of closures and anonymous functions to allow application developers to "wrap" framework method calls, intercepting parameters before, and return values after.
+## You want in ?
-Lithium also complies with the PHP 5.3 namespacing standard, allowing you to easily integrate other PHP 5.3 standard libraries and frameworks with Lithium applications, and vice-versa.
+You are dreaming of something awesome for Lithium ? Don't wait anymore and post an issue right now !
-Lithium integrates the latest storage technologies, including MongoDB, CouchDB and Redis, with plugin support for Cassandra, ElasticSearch and others.
+## How to test ?
-#### Flexibility
+We are experimenting a new framework app structure for building application. [Clone it](https://github.com/jails/li3_bigbang) and start the adventure !
-Lithium gives you full control over your application, from filters to dynamically modify framework internals, to dynamic dependencies to extend and replace core classes with application or plugin classes, to heavy use of adapter-oriented configurations, to make it seamless to move between different technologies and options.
+# Branches
-Every component of the Lithium framework stack is replaceable through the robust plugin architecture. Swap out the default ORM / ODM implementation for [Doctrine 2](https://github.com/mariano/li3_doctrine2/) or [PHP ActiveRecord](https://github.com/greut/li3_activerecord). Don't like the templating? Use [Twig](https://github.com/UnionOfRAD/li3_twig), [Mustache](https://github.com/bruensicke/li3_mustache), or roll your own.
+## 0) The master branch
-If you don't even need to write a full application, build a micro-app in a single file using the routing system, without giving up the maintainability of the framework's structure.
+The master branch is somehow a compilations of all patches. Don't expect to fetch any of this branches. They are all push forced to keep the maintenance simpler.
+
+## 1) The patch/laboratory branch
+
+The current laboratory is currently focosed on the data abstract level. Works are done to bring the following feature:
+- HABTM support (using through implementation). --done--
+- Save all behavior. --done--
+- Mongo relations. --work in progress--
#### Build status
-[![Build Status](https://secure.travis-ci.org/UnionOfRAD/lithium.png?branch=master)](http://travis-ci.org/UnionOfRAD/lithium)
+[![Build Status](https://secure.travis-ci.org/jails/lithium.png?branch=master)](http://travis-ci.org/jails/lithium)

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