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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.

phpMyFAQ 2.7.5 Released!

The phpMyFAQ Team would like to announce the availability of phpMyFAQ 2.7.5, the “Trayvon Martin” release. This releases fixes a serious remote PHP code execution vulnerability, all users of affected phpMyFAQ versions are encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible to this latest versions! A detailed security advisory is available. We also added full support for Microsoft SQL Server Driver for PHP, an online verification check and an experimental support for SQLite3. We updated the Spanish and fixed Slovak translation. We also fixed a lot of minor issues.

phpMyFAQ 2.7.2 Released!

The phpMyFAQ Team would like to announce the availability of phpMyFAQ 2.7.2, the “James Rizzi” release. This release improves the PDF export and the installation script for MySQL users. We updated the Finnish, the French and the simplified Chinese translations. We also fixed some bugs. phpMyFAQ 2.6 is now out of support, please update to the current 2.7 release as soon as possible. We wish everyone a happy new year 2012!

phpMyFAQ 2.6.19 and 2.7.1 Released!

The phpMyFAQ Team is pleased to announce phpMyFAQ 2.7.1, the “Dennis Ritchie” release. This releases fixes a remote PHP code injection vulnerability, all users of affected phpMyFAQ versions are encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible to this latest versions! A detailed security advisory is available. We also added some missing translations, a configurable encryption type for passwords, support for anonymous login for LDAP servers and a table of contents in PDF exports. We also fixed some minor bugs.
We also released the security release phpMyFAQ 2.6.19 for the old 2.6 series.

phpMyFAQ 2.7.0 Released!

After more than one year of work the phpMyFAQ Team would like to announce the availability of phpMyFAQ 2.7.0, the “James Dean” release. With this release we dropped the support of MySQL 4.1 and both Internet Explorer versions 6 and 7 due to our new HTML5/CSS3 powered layout. We added a configurable search relevance functionality, automatic translations with Google Translate, Twitter and Facebook Like Button support. We also added an attachment administration frontend, basic authentication support for LDAP groups, basic support for HTML5 microdata and the functionality of the TinyMCE save button. Furthermore we introduced a basic reporting functionality, IPv6 support, Single Sign On authentication, support for complete secured FAQ installations, an user configurable date formatting and the possibility to delete user generated search terms. We really improved usability in the whole frontend and administration backend and enabled Gzip compression. We also updated the bundled jQuery, Modernizr, TinyMCE, SyntaxHighlighter and TCPDF libraries. Our users already updated the Dutch, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish translation.

phpMyFAQ 2.7.0-RC Released!

The phpMyFAQ Team would like to announce the availability of the release candidate of our next major version, phpMyFAQ 2.7.0-RC, the “Tupac Shakur” release. We added the possibility to delete user generated search terms and updated the Japanese and Spanish translation. We improved the complete usability all over the application and we also fixed a lot of bugs. Do not use this version in production systems, but test this version and please report bugs!

phpMyFAQ 2.7.0-beta3 Released!

The phpMyFAQ Team is pleased to announce the third and last beta release of our next major version, phpMyFAQ 2.7.0-beta3, the “Life Of Brian” release. We added a captcha refresh, improved the attachment handling in the administration backend and upgraded all bundled libraries. We improved the complete usability all over the application and we also fixed a lot of bugs. Do not use this version in production systems, but test this version and please report bugs!

phpMyFAQ 2.7.0-beta2 Released!

The phpMyFAQ Team would like to announce the availability of the second beta release of our next major version, phpMyFAQ 2.7.0-beta2, the “Amy Winehouse” release. We added support for Single Sign On authentication, finally support for complete secured FAQ installations and and an user configurable date formatting option. We improved the complete usability all over the application, the Dutch and German translations were updated and we also fixed a lot of bugs. Do not use this version in production systems, but test this version and report bugs!
This release is dedicated to the victims of Oslo and Ut√łya attacks.

phpMyFAQ 2.7.0-beta Released!

The phpMyFAQ Team is pleased to announce the first beta release of our next major version, phpMyFAQ 2.7.0-beta, the “Ryan Dunn” release. We dropped the support for Internet Explorer 7 and upgraded all bundled libraries. We improved the complete usability all over the application and we also fixed a lot of bugs. The beta version is now feature complete we’re focus now on stability and more improved usability. Do not use this version in production systems, but test this version and please report bugs!

phpMyFAQ 2.7.0-alpha2 Released!

The phpMyFAQ Team is pleased to announce the second preview release of our next major version, phpMyFAQ 2.7.0-alpha2, the “Elizabeth Taylor” release. We added functionality of the TinyMCE save button, a basic reporting functionality and introduced IPv6 support. We massively improved the usability in the frontend and the administration backend. We also updated the bundled jQuery library to version 1.5.1 and Modernizr to version 1.7. We also fixed a lot of bugfixes. Do not use this version in production systems, but test this version and please report bugs!

phpMyFAQ 2.7.0-alpha Released!

The phpMyFAQ Team would like to announce the availability of the first preview release of our next major version, phpMyFAQ 2.7.0-alpha, the “Robert Anton Wilson” release. With this release we changed the PHP requirement to PHP 5.2.3 and dropped to support for MySQL 4.1 as database backend and for Internet Explorer 6 as supported browser. We added a completely new HTML5 powered default layout and administration backend, a configurable search relevance functionality and automatic translations with the Google Translate API. We added Twitter support, Facebook Like Buttons and support for “Bookmark on Delicious” support. All comment functionality is now based on Ajax and we added an attachment administration frontend, basic authentication support for LDAP groups and basic support for HTML5 microdata. Gzip compression is now enabled by default and we updated the bundled jQuery to version 1.4.4. Do not use this version in production systems, but test this version and report bugs!

Status update for phpMyFAQ 2.7.0-alpha

After more than 2 weeks of work during my holidays the first release of phpMyFAQ 2.7 is really close. The main work on the new layout is done and you’ll be surprised how phpMyFAQ 2.7 will look like. It’ll be an alpha release and not all functionality will be implemented, even some current features are disabled. So far we changed PHP requirement to PHP 5.2.3 and dropped support for MySQL 4.1 database and for Internet Explorer 6. The major user-visible change will be the new HTML5/CSS3 powered frontend default layout and administration backend with a lot of usability improvements.

Status update for phpMyFAQ 2.6.8, 2.7.0-alpha and 3.0.0-dev

This week we branched the new 2.7 branch from the current stable 2.6 branch. 2.7.0 will be the next major version of phpMyFAQ with a focus on a brand new user interface and some social improvements like better Facebook and Twitter integration. We changed the minimal PHP version for phpMyFAQ 2.7 to PHP 5.2.3. The current master branch was re-versioned to 3.0.0-dev and will need PHP 5.3, but it will take more than a year before you can see something here.

Status update for phpMyFAQ 2.6.7

Some parts of the phpMyFAQ codebase are quite old because phpMyFAQ is almost 10 years old. Currently I’m working on the refactoring of the search component which hopefully will be part of phpMyFAQ 2.6.7. You maybe ask why I do this in the stable version and not in the master branch? The answer is quite simple: my spare time is limited so I will concentrate the next weeks and months on improve the 2.6 code base which will also be merged into the master branch for phpMyFAQ 2.7 and later.