We released three new feature versions: 3.3.0, 3.4.0 (the last 3.x version
and a long term support release) and 4.0.0. In addition, 85
maintenance versions were released in 7 different branches (2.7, 2.8, 3.1,
3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 4.0).
We published 71 New in Symfony blog posts, 29 for Symfony 3.3 features and
32 for Symfony 3.4 features (which are also the new features of Symfony 4.0).
Events and Conferences¶
We organized four local conferences: SymfonyLive Paris 2017 in March,
SymfonyLive London 2017 in September, SymfonyLive San Francisco 2017 in
October and SymfonyLive Berlin 2017 in October. We also organized a global
conference in Romania in November: SymfonyCon Cluj 2017.
In addition to the official events, the Symfony communities and user groups
around the world organized hundreds of meetups and events, including conferences
such as deSymfony 2017 in Castellón (Spain), SymfonyDay 2017 in Milan
(Italy) and Symfony Camp UA 2017 in Kiev (Ukraine).
Check out the rest of Symfony community events and submit your own event.
On September 5th, the Symfony Components crossed a huge landmark, the 1 billionth
download, and became the project with most downloads in PHP history.
At the time of writing this blog post, the pseudo-real time download stats
show more than 1.2 billion downloads, with four components averaging more than
100,000 daily downloads and the three most downloaded components are:
EventDispatcher, Console and Yaml.
In 2017 we added four new components: DotEnv, WebLink, Lock and
Polyfill PHP 7.2. We also published our first non-PHP "component" called
based tools to manage and process web assets.
The biggest news for Symfony in 2017 was the Symfony 4 release.
Symfony 4 is not just a new major Symfony version; it’s an entirely reimagined
development experience. Symfony 4 is twice as fast than Symfony 3.4 and it uses
70% less code when creating a new application. It also boosts your productivity
with service autowiring and the automation provided by Symfony Flex.
The real success of a project is best measured by its community: the people
working on/with the project. The biggest challenge for Symfony as a community is
how to increase its diversity. That’s why on November we announced the
diversity initiative, led by Lukas Kahwe Smith. You’ll hear about
diversity a lot in 2018 with multiple specific and actionable initiatives.
Other Relevant News¶
WebServer bundle was released in January to provide some utilities on top
of PHP’s internal web server.
- The Symfony Demo 1.0.0 version was released in February and we
updated it to Symfony 4 in December.
- We run a Symfony Community Survey 2017 in March and the results were
published in May.
- A case study about the open source platform of the new French president
built with Symfony was published in May.
- We ended HHVM support for Symfony Components in May.
- The symfony.com front-end was refactored to use modern web asset management
tools and Webpack Encore.
- In October we announced the first scholarship and volunteer programs for
- A community initiative to help third-party bundles prepare for Symfony 4
was organized in November.
- We introduced the Symfony Maker bundle in November as a modern scaffolding
utility for Symfony 4 apps.
- The winners of the Symfony 2017 Community Awards were announced in December.
None of the above would have been possible without you: the people who use
Symfony, contribute code or docs, organize or attend events, deliver talks and
workshops, tweet or retweet about Symfony, publish blog posts, help others in
GitHub, Slack or forums. Thank you for making the Symfony project so special.
That’s precisely the idea of our last 2017 initiative: say thank you to the
projects and libraries used in your projects. You just need to run one command:
Happy New Year from the Symfony Team!