The Gift of 1.2 final

by gwoo
History does not happen, it is made. Warning: this message is long and full of goodies.
Today, the history of the CakePHP grows stronger. December 25, 2008 will be remembered as one of the most important points in this history. After exactly 2 yrs from the first development release, we can happily say we have the most stable and powerful web framework available. Please enjoy our big present to you, CakePHP 1.2 stable [1]. For this release, we have removed the test files from the build, and created a tag in SVN.

Through the last two years, we have been blessed by a dedicated, talented, and opinionated community[2]. We have shared disagreements[3] and triumphs. We have won popularity contests[4] and been hated on. We have seen CakePHP grow into a truly international community[5]. All of these events have generated an immense amount of passion for CakePHP.

No one is more passionate about CakePHP than the developers[6] who close tickets and fix bugs. We started out two years ago with a small team that dedicated countless hours to implementing new features into 1.2 and maintaining 1.1 stable. This team ensured the integrity of code and vision of the project. When we needed to grow, we found members of the community who showed the same amount of dedication and passion for CakePHP. And with the launch of CakeBOOK, on http://book.cakephp.org, we have seen the dedication and passion further extend to all the contributors and translators[7] of the fantastic documentation that makes learning about the power of CakePHP a bit easier.

We have seen CakePHP adopted by large projects[8] and the growth of dedicated service companies[9]. We have held a workshop[10] to spread the knowledge and passion of CakePHP. And ultimately, we implemented a huge list of features...
  • - Tests!
    • - All classes are test-covered, with good code coverage
    • - Test suite now integrated into the framework
    • - test generation
    • - support for coverage analysis
  • - Command-line infrastructure
    • - with more shell scripts and ability to write custom ones easily
  • - Plugin architecture
    • - Plugins are now distributable as packaged collections of files
    • - Can be loaded from your main app with a dot syntax
  • - Internationalization and Localization support
    • - i18n and l10n classes
    • - Support for unicode strings
  • - Auth component
    • - automatically handles sessions for authenticated users
    • - ties into ACL for automatic denial of protected content or actions
  • - Email component
    • - for generation of text and html email
  • - Security component
    • - HTTP auth support, great for web services
    • - CSRF protection
  • - Cookie component
    • - for secure cookie handling
  • - Custom model finders
    • - simplified syntax
  • - powerful and extensible
  • - Join models
    • - for modeling and accessing HABTM join tables
  • - Behaviors, new way to extend models
    • - Supports "mixing in" new functionality
  • - Containable behavior
    • - simplified query optimization
  • - Validation system extended
    • - with new Validation class, lots of rules
  • - multiple rules and messages
  • - Database drivers
    • - support for many more databases including DB2 and Oracle
  • - Caching
    • - Adapter-driven caching, with support for APC/XCache/Memcache
  • - Set class,
    • - for magical array hacking
  • - Socket and HttpSocket classes
    • - for dealing with remote data and services
  • - Debugger class, for detailed introspection of errors
    • - Get stack traces anywhere in your code
    • - Introspected help on errors, with context information
  • - Pagination
    • - one of the first additions to the new version
    • - one of the simplest systems known
  • - Proper Routing
    • - mapResources() method for exposing controllers via REST
    • - Reverse routing support
    • - Named arguments
    • - Magic variables for common regexes
    • - Support for file extensions with custom content type mappings
  • - View stuff
    • - Separate templates for different content types
    • - automatic switching with RequestHandler
    • - New helper callbacks
    • - renderElement() replaced with element(), added built-in caching support
  • - FormHelper
    • - All form-related methods moved here
    • - New dot notation
    • - Support for associations and multiple records
    • - Huge automation and introspection support; form creation requires very little code
  • - Configure and App classes
    • - for configuration and loading
  • - Replaces defines and global functions

We hope that was a fun read. The changes since 1.1 have been dramatic, but to us this was the minimum set of features needed to a truly powerful framework and realize our vision for maintainability, flexibility, and extensibility.

Almost as dramatic as the feature set, was the growth of the community over this time, especially with its adoption of testing. We are proud of the fact that Cake is one of the most test covered frameworks. Test coverage allows us to fix more bugs and produce the most stable framework available. We believe that a feature is not truly a feature if there is even one known bug. With that in mind, each release comes with the expectation that no bugs are known at the time.

Many of you may remember the first release of 1.2. Back on Dec 25, 2006 we released at revision 4206. Many features had not been implemented or finalized, but we had a taste of what was to come. With this release at [7958], we have come a long way. But possibly the most exciting aspect of being where we are on Dec 25, 2008, is what we expect to see in the future.

CakePHP helps build amazingly powerful applications. We have a running list of examples[11]. Many of these applications were built with earlier versions of 1.2. With the release of CakePHP 1.2 stable, we expect these applications to enjoy a long history, just like the CakePHP project itself.

If you have made it this far, we would like to pass on a few extra goodies we have been working on. First is the all new Cake 1.2 cheatsheet. The old CakeSheet has proved to be a simple, quick reference to some of the power of CakePHP. This new version is the start of several more to come. Second, the gorgeous DebugKit plugin. This plugin helps you develop your application faster by providing quick, easy access to a lot of valuable debugging information. DebugKit also provides and excellent example of how you can build plugins to extend the functionality of you application. Finally, for all the TextMate users out there we have an updated CakePHP TextMate bundle. Joel Perras has put in a great amount of work and coding CakePHP in TextMate just got a lot easier thanks to him. For all these great resources and more, head on over to the downloads[12] page.

We hope you enjoy the big present and the few goodies. Have a great holiday season.
- Gwoo, Nate, PhpNut and the rest of the CakePHP team


[1] http://cakeforge.org/frs/?group_id=23&release_id=433
[2] http://groups.google.com/group/cake-php/, http://www.ohloh.net/p/cakephp
[3] http://ajbrown.org/blog/2008/12/22/four-reasons-to-hate-cakephp.html
[4] http://php-mag.net/magphpde/magphpde_news/psecom,id,26752,nodeid,5.html, http://www.brownphp.com/2008/12/popular-php-frameworks-whats-your-fav/
[5] http://archive.fosdem.org/2008/, http://conference.cakephp.jp/, http://cakefest.org/
[6] https://trac.cakephp.org/wiki/Contributors
[7] http://book.cakephp.org/stats
[8] https://addons.mozilla.org/, http://www.livemocha.com/, http://www.zeadoo.com/
[9] http://cakedc.com, http://debuggable.com, http://sanisoft.com
[10] http://debuggable.com/posts/workshop-day-2:48c51df7-4fd4-4906-8b1f-6ed64834cda3
[11] http://book.cakephp.org/view/510/Sites-in-the-wild
[12] http://cakephp.org/downloads

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  • mitolcipa posted on 07/29/11 08:57:12 AM
    This team ensured the integrity of code and vision of the project. When we needed to grow, we found members of the community who showed the same amount of dedication and passion for CakePHP.
  • nagpalh posted on 11/17/10 11:08:57 PM
    Very very useful information for organization has a small/vast network. This is really great work, lot of users like me get benefit from this.
  • p.jame posted on 08/03/10 07:15:28 AM
    Nice one. Thanks for this.
  • Phiras posted on 06/29/10 07:12:22 AM
    How do I unsubscribe this thread guys! it is disturbing !
  • Magento posted on 04/21/10 01:40:02 AM
    Thanks mate for the share.
    It was really helpful.

    Might have some questions later, i'll let you know.

    Cheers,
    Jack
  • destroy32 posted on 04/02/10 05:41:43 AM
    First of all: Thanks for this great framework. I've been around for some years now, working with CakePHP, and i really like it.

    My question is, what can we expect from the future? You say history is made, so what's the next thing to do for CakePHP to continue this trend?

    I have some requests for the future version of CakePHP ( 1.3 ... 2.0 ) and i think i will post them on my yet-to-be-created-blog.

    Anyway, great job :) - Belajar dan Berbagi
  • webjay posted on 02/17/10 01:50:18 AM
    How do I unsubscribe this thread. Comments are now spam.
  • schneeballgriller posted on 01/31/10 04:02:59 AM
    Thanks to all of the CalePHP core development team! Thanks!
  • Mich3l posted on 01/05/09 07:48:46 AM
    First of all: Thanks for this great framework. I've been around for some years now, working with CakePHP, and i really like it.

    My question is, what can we expect from the future? You say history is made, so what's the next thing to do for CakePHP to continue this trend?

    I have some requests for the future version of CakePHP ( 1.3 ... 2.0 ) and i think i will post them on my yet-to-be-created-blog.

    Anyway, great job :)
    • nomex posted on 01/12/09 09:19:41 AM
      First of all: Thanks for this great framework. I've been around for some years now, working with CakePHP, and i really like it.

      My question is, what can we expect from the future? You say history is made, so what's the next thing to do for CakePHP to continue this trend?

      I have some requests for the future version of CakePHP ( 1.3 ... 2.0 ) and i think i will post them on my yet-to-be-created-blog.

      Anyway, great job :)

      i hope, we can expect much more! cakephp rocks ;) Thx!
  • Werschinger posted on 01/05/09 04:49:30 AM
    Simply brilliant. Keep it up!

    We are currently working on another app soon to be added to the sites in the wild.

    Let's keep spreading the sweet Cake!
  • webjay posted on 01/04/09 04:03:53 PM
    Thanks for your great work!
    1.2 final came just weeks before we launch Mentory on the CakePHP 1.2 branch :)
  • ahmadthd posted on 01/04/09 07:07:50 AM
    I tried cakephp in my project about six months ago and found the framework really good. But unable to deploy it on commerciall projects as it was incomplete in many aspects.

    But I keep visiting the cakephp website every now and then; today I am really happy to see that my visit would help me in my next implementation of cakephp. Now I am looking at adopting cakephp framework. Thanks for the great work guys and congratulations.
  • Phiras posted on 01/01/09 06:33:54 PM
    Thank you guys for your efforts, you are the heros!
  • odeland posted on 01/01/09 12:52:20 PM
    That cake tastes good! Happy coding in 2009!
  • nosch posted on 12/31/08 09:52:34 AM
    Many thanks!
  • SunSparc posted on 12/29/08 10:44:13 PM
    Good jorb guys!! You rock!!!
  • francois_greze posted on 12/29/08 07:29:02 PM
    thx for your work, your attitude ..you're such a exemple for everybody whose trying to "make it"... I hope, everybody gets the real meaning of my poor english..:)
    Chears from Paris / France...

    François

  • gondrup posted on 12/29/08 09:30:04 AM
    This is amazing, thanks to all the developers, Cake keeps me sane :).
  • KoPanda posted on 12/28/08 11:37:40 PM
    Congratulations to Cake! This is a great news to all bakers! Greetings from Hong Kong.
    • tobi posted on 01/12/09 09:25:28 AM
      Congratulations to Cake! This is a great news to all bakers! Greetings from Hong Kong.
      Thanks and Greetings from Vienna!
  • Frank posted on 12/27/08 11:33:03 AM
    This is great news, congratulations on this release!

    Phally
  • cybercoder posted on 12/27/08 11:19:23 AM
    congratulations, birth date of the 1.2 stable equal to new year!
    that's good news for me and all bakers.
  • jamesmking posted on 12/27/08 09:59:02 AM
    This is great news! My company has been building a massive series of applications under a single sign-on for a large private sector client and have been using 1.2 since the first beta. None of the team had used CakePHP before, and it was a risk going with a framework none of us had experience with.

    However, it couldn't have turned out better. Without CakePHP there's no way we could have met our timeline or budget. Our app touches just about every corner of the framework from Localization, Cache, Security, Auth, and ACL to ingesting and providing web services, to custom Behaviors, Plugins, Components, Helpers in addition to all the core ones.

    I can't imagine why any developer looking to build a PHP application of any size wouldn't use CakePHP.
  • riamonte posted on 12/27/08 09:02:33 AM
    Wow, fantastic work! and thanks to bring a big present (1.2 Final) to the community!
  • battez posted on 12/27/08 07:37:24 AM
    incredible work and vision, developers! Thanks so much for making this fine PHP framework so feature rich and so robust!

    love the textmate bundle and also DebugKit too! Wow!

    boobyWomack
  • hennio posted on 12/27/08 02:53:35 AM
    Thx a lot for the great job. Happy baking for 2009!
  • sumardi posted on 12/27/08 02:22:03 AM
    Great Work! Thanks guys.
  • DanielMedia posted on 12/26/08 11:57:14 PM
    This is great news... Congratulations to everyone on the team!
  • poncho posted on 12/26/08 11:40:09 PM
    Fantastic news guys, I thank you for such an amazing framework! I have been along for the ride for a few years now and look forward to contributing in the future :)

    Cheers;
    Poncho
  • guinunez posted on 12/26/08 05:15:47 PM
    Ahhh, this is the perfect timing. I'm just about to start a new cakephp project.

    Cheers!, great work!
  • Brade posted on 12/26/08 11:21:35 AM
    Thanks, folks. I'm finishing up a Cake 1.2 app for release in early 2009 and would love to get it going on 1.2 final! Great work, everyone.
  • jonathanfreeman posted on 12/26/08 09:26:00 AM
    The timing of this could not have been better. Congratulations all.

    Cheers,
    Jonathan
  • giulianob posted on 12/26/08 08:33:25 AM
    For all diggers out there. If you enjoy the framework then you know what to do: http://digg.com/programming/CakePHP_1_2_Final_is_here
    And for redditors: http://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/7lpg7/cakephp_12_final_is_here/
    Help spread the good word :)
  • alkemann posted on 12/26/08 06:49:34 AM
    I am very happy with my Christmas gift! Good work guys!
  • Murmansk posted on 12/26/08 05:48:55 AM
    Это охуенно, товарищи!
  • leomelzer posted on 12/26/08 05:15:01 AM
    Great! That's really a heck of a christmas present :)
    Thanks for all the work everybody put into this release!

    @Kjell: Another one on me, if... :D
  • mpierce posted on 12/26/08 05:07:42 AM
    Fantastic news. Congrats to the whole team, a phenomenal job by all. I envy your dedication, talent, thoroughness and persistence.
  • ojtibi posted on 12/26/08 03:16:47 AM
    A Merry Christmas to all Bakers! 1.2 is a success!
  • rogman posted on 12/26/08 01:53:16 AM
    非常感谢CakePHP核心开发团队,1.2的最终释出,是你们付出汗水的回报! 再次感谢!


    Thanks to all of the CalePHP core development team! Thanks!
    • NaturalRemedy posted on 10/13/10 06:56:33 AM
      [quote]
      Thanks to all of the CalePHP core development team! Thanks!
      [end quote]
      yes I was so happy also with CalePHP core development team ,, Cheers!!!

    • NaturalRemedy posted on 10/13/10 06:55:48 AM
      [quote]
      Thanks to all of the CalePHP core development team! Thanks!
      [end quote]
      yes I was so happy also with CalePHP core development team ,, Cheers!!!
  • DarkAngelBGE posted on 12/26/08 01:51:37 AM
    Haha Kjell. ; )
  • m3nt0r posted on 12/26/08 12:27:24 AM
    ... and thanks to the team for their keyboard wizardry. Beer on me, if we ever met. :)
  • uldericofilho posted on 12/25/08 10:29:25 PM
    I am glad to know the final is out... I am going to finally finish dbdesigner2cake... I have already deployed all my apps using CakePHP 1.2 final!

    GREAT!

    []'s
    Dérico Filho
  • Martz posted on 12/25/08 07:07:00 PM
    Amazing to see 1.2.x final at Christmas!

    Thank you so much to all of the developers and contributors for their hard work, time and dedication. The future is so promising and exciting for all of us who use and benefit greatly from this excellent framework. :)
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