Progress has been happening at a furious pace on the Zend Framework to Laminas transition, with major changes still dropping even now.
Most recently, we decided to rename the subprojects. Apigility will become the Laminas API Tools, and Expressive will become Mezzio.
For more background, read the Zend by Perforce blog post.
As of 2019-10-01, I am once again employed full-time. Thank you everyone who reached out!
Fourteen years ago, almost to the day, I received a job offer from Zend to join their nascent eBiz team, where I started contributing almost immediately to the yet-to-be-announced Zend Framework. Two years later, I joined the Zend Framework team full-time. A year later, I was promoted to Architect. A year after that, I was promoted to Project Lead of Zend Framework, a role I kept for the next ten years. Over the years, Zend was acquired by RogueWave Software, which was in turn acquired by Perforce earlier this year.
Two months ago, almost to the day, was my last day with Zend/RogueWave/Perforce.
I'm now looking for a new adventure.
For the past thirteen years, I've been either consuming Zend Framework or directly contributing to it. Since 2009, I've operated as project lead, and, since then, shepherded the version 2 and 3 releases, added Apigility to the ZF ecosystem, and helped bring middleware paradigms to the mainstream by assisting with the creation of Stratigility and coordination of the Expressive project. As I write this, the various ZF packages have been downloaded over 300 MILLION times, with 200 million of those being in the past 18 months!
One aspect of Zend Framework 3, we paid particular focus on was leveraging the Composer ecosystem. We now provide a number of Composer plugins for handling things such as initial project installation, registering installed modules with the application, and more. It's the "more" I particularly want to talk about.