We released development version 0.5.5 of the Seagull framework last week – many thanks for all the devs who contributed to this release, particularly all the regulars on #seagull.
0.5.5 was massive compared to previous releases, 119 tickets dealt with compared with 63 from 0.5.4, and that’s just the documented stuff. Click around http://trac.seagullproject.org/roadmap?show=all for details.
The main new features in no particular order are:
- PHP 5.1.x compliance with the exception of Quickform stuff and some block-related issues
- the Translation2 package is fully integrated, multilingual content is now possible (AJ Tarachanowicz)
- new admin GUI 90% complete (Julien Casanova)
- url aliases fully implemented
- integrated pear package manager under ‘modules’: you get point-and-click upgrades if you install Seagull as a PEAR package
- a minimalist Seagull with only 3 modules can be installed from http://pear.phpkitchen.com/index.php?categories , see http://trac.seagullproject.org/wiki/Installation/UsingThePearPackageManager for details how to use the PEAR package manager to setup.
- a number of 3rd party apps are now integrated into seagull: http://trac.seagullproject.org/wiki/Integration
An article Lukas recently wrote reviewing several frameworks stuck me as particularly insightful, if you install Seagull as a PEAR package the 5 conditions he outlines are all satisfied. Thanks to bugs in PEAR being ironed out with the 1.4.6 release subpackage dependencies now work as you’d expect. Currently Seagull is packaged as the core framework with the 3 default modules listed as required subpackages, so doing a simple
$ pear channel-discover pear.phpkitchen.com
$ pear install phpkitchen/seagull
is all you’re need to get the framework fully up and running, thankfully more user-friendly than some recently published examples.