CakePHP 3.4.0-beta1 Released

The CakePHP core team is happy to announce the immediate availability of CakePHP 3.4.0-beta1. This is the first beta release for 3.4.0, and it contains several new major features.

Updating to the beta

You can use composer to upgrade to the beta version of CakePHP 3.4.0:

php composer.phar require "cakephp/cakephp:3.4.0-beta1"

We would greatly appreciate it if you temporarily upgraded your application, and ran your tests. By opening issues for any regressions in the beta, we can help ensure a smoother release of 3.4.0 before the stable release.

Notable changes in 3.4.0

Cake\Network\Response has been updated to implement the required PSR-7 interfaces and deprecates a number of methods that overlap with the interface methods. It also adds immutable versions of all the helper methods that Response has offered in the past. Because the core response object now implements the PSR-7 interface, Cake\Http\ResponseTransformer has been deprecated and is no longer used.

Cake\Http\ServerRequest has had its remaining public properties deprecated. All of the public properties on the request should now be accessed via methods:

$base = $this->request->base;
// Should now be
$base = $this->request->getAttribute('base');

In order to offer simpler interfaces that are more predictable, have simpler return types and better facilitate IDE auto-completion, several classes have had their combined get/set methods deprecated. The combined methods have been replaced with getX, setX style methods. The classes that have been updated in 3.4.0 thus far are:

  • CakeConsoleConsoleOptionParser
  • CakeDatabaseConnection
  • CakeDatabaseDriver
  • CakeDatabaseExpressionFunctionExpression
  • CakeDatabaseExpressionQueryExpression
  • CakeDatabaseExpressionValuesExpression
  • CakeDatabaseQuery
  • CakeDatabaseSchemaCachedCollection
  • CakeDatabaseSchemaTableSchema
  • CakeDatabaseTypeMap
  • CakeORMEagerLoadable
  • CakeORMQuery
  • CakeORMTable
  • CakeValidationValidator
  • CakeViewStringTemplateTrait
  • CakeViewViewBuilder

In addition each of the association classes now offer a fluent interface for defining the various association options. These methods improve IDE autocompletion and make mistakes easier to find:

$this->belongsTo('Comments', [
    'foreignKey' => 'article_id',
    'finder' => 'active',
    'startegy' => 'subquery' // Contains a typo that can be hard to spot

// Now becomes

A full list of the changes in 3.4.0 can be found in the 3.4.0 migration guide

Contributors to 3.4.0-beta1

Thank you to all the contributors that helped make this release happen:

  • ADmad
  • Andrej Griniuk
  • André Teixeira
  • Florian Krämer
  • Jonas Hartmann
  • Joris Vaesen
  • José Lorenzo Rodríguez
  • Juan Basso
  • Marc Würth
  • Mark Scherer
  • Mark Story
  • Mathew Foscarini
  • Ondrej Mirtes
  • antograssiot
  • chinpei215
  • glafarge
  • inoas
  • jirka
  • ndm2
  • offline

As always, we would like to thank all the contributors that opened issues, created pull requests or updated the documentation.