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Zend Framework 1.7.4 Released

I can no longer keep up with the frequent releases of Zend Framework. Zend has just released ZF 1.7.4 last February 2. You can go to their site to get it.

I do not know the details of the release. But from what I have seen in this page, it seems that they have added jQuery. I have been using the Zend Framework + jQuery combo since I could remember and I will probably look into the ZendX_jquery component on my next project.

As of version 1.7, Zend Framework integrates jQuery view and form helpers through its extras library. The jQuery support is meant as an alternative to the already existing Dojo library integration. Currently jQuery can be integrated into your Zend Framework applications in the following ways:

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View helper to help setup the jQuery (Core and UI) environment
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jQuery UI specific Zend_View helpers
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jQuery UI specific Zend_Form elements and decorators

By default the jQuery javascript dependencies are loaded from the Google Ajax Library Content Distribution Network. The CDN offers both jQuery Core and jQuery UI access points and the view helpers therefore can already offer you most the dependencies out of the box. Currently the Google CDN offers jQuery UI support up to version 1.5.2, but the jQuery view and form helpers already make use of the UI library 1.6 version (AutoComplete, ColorPicker, Spinner, Slider). To make use of this great additions you have to download the release candidate version of the jQuery UI library website.

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