(Solar, the simple object library and application repository for PHP5, is both a library and framework for developing web applications in PHP5.)

The single biggest change in this release is in the license; we have moved from LGPL to New BSD.

The main additions in this release are project-support related.

  • The Solar_Docs_Apiref class will read an entire Solar-style file hierarchy and parse the inline documentation into an array; you can then build a writer of your own to take that array and generate documentation files from it. (This is how I build the API reference documentation for the Solar web site.)
  • The related Solar_Docs_Phpdoc class will parse a PHPDoc comment block into its summary, narrative, and technical portions. While nowhere near as robust or full-featured as PHPDocumentor, I think the internals of Solar_Docs_Phpdoc are much easier to understand. It doesn't support inline tags, but most of the important block tags are recognized and parsed appropriately (@var, @param, @return, @throws, etc).
  • Solar_Docs_Apiref also makes use of the new Solar_Class_Map, which parses a Solar-style file hierarchy and returns an array of class-name keys with file-name values.
  • There is a new Solar_Log class, with adapters for file-based logging (good for production), echo-based logging (good for development), and multiple log support.

There's one big change in Solar_View: instead of custom helper locations being defined by paths, they are now defined by class names. This means your custom helpers no longer need to be named 'Solar_View_Helper_*'; you can now name them as is proper for their location in the file system. For example, if your helper classes are in the "Vendor/App/Helper/*" directory, you now name each helper class "Vendor_App_Helper_*". This makes helper class names consistent with the rest of Solar.

In line with this, you no longer use Solar_View::addHelperPath(),
getHelperPath(), or setHelperPath(); instead, you addHelperClass(),
getHelperClass(), and setHelperClass(). The class-based methods work
just the same as the path-based methods, except you specify class
name prefixes instead of path prefixes. For example, if you used to
"addHelperPath('Vendor/App/Helper')", you would now "addHelperClass
('Vendor_App_Helper')". Then helpers of that class will be used
before the Solar_View_Helper classes are used.

Also in line with this, the Solar_View 'helper_path' config key has
been renamed 'helper_class', and a new Solar_Controller_Page config
key 'helper_class' has been added so that page controllers know where
helpers are (this is to support view helpers attached to layouts).

Finally, Solar_Test_Suite usage has changed a bit. Instead of
setting a 'sub' key to specify that you want to run a sub-series of
class tests, you specify that same value when calling

Future Plans

The next release will concentrate on feature requests, and (sorry!)
another class reorganization so as to be more consistent with pattern-
based names, and to reduce the depth of some parts of the hierarchy.

None of the reorganizational changes should require more than a
simple search-and-replace on the existing code base when complete.
For example, Solar_Sql_Driver will become Solar_Sql_Adapter,
Solar_Cache_File will become Solar_Cache_Adapter_File, and so on.

The User subclasses (Auth, Role, Access) will come to the top of the
hierarchy, so Solar_User_Auth will become Solar_Auth, and the
Solar_User_Auth_Driver files will become Solar_Auth_Adapter files.

There are other change ideas too; you can see those in the todo file

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