phpMyFAQ – the 2012 retrospective

2012 was an interesting year for phpMyFAQ, the second time since our beginnings back in 2001 we didn’t released a major new version. We did that once back in 2008 when we were working on phpMyFAQ 2.5 with the switch to PHP 5.2 as basic requirement. The year 2012 was very similiar, we put a lot of efforts in our backend, we refactored a lot of code, we moved the requirement to PHP 5.3 and we removed some singleton patterns. Especially the removal of the configuration singleton caused a lot of work but it’s working very good now. Another interesting move was the switch from our own classloader to the Symfony 2 classloader and the switch to Composer for some external package we use.

We released seven versions of phpMyFAQ 2.7 and 4 previews of the upcoming next major version, phpMyFAQ 2.8. The stable 2.7 series will get some bugfix releases the first half of 2013 and will be out of support three months after the release of phpMyFAQ 2.8, which hopefully will happen in the first or second quarter of 2013. In 2012, we had more than 60,000 downloads of phpMyFAQ, which is really amazing. Thank you very much!

So, what will happen in 2013? We will release phpMyFAQ 2.8 which will be really a great release with the new Bootstrap based GUI and some nice end-user features. After the 2.8 release we’ll start working on 2.9 which will be one of the first versions based on Symfony2 components. The transition to this will be a long and hard way but I think this will be the right direction. A lot of new open source releases like Drupal 8 or phpBB 4 will be based on Symfony 2, so expect a better integration of phpMyFAQ for other applications in the future.