A Year Later...
Dropping by to let the PHP-GTK community know that development is
still happening! The project is being split up into different projects,
PECL/Cairo, GLib, GObject, etc.
While development is slow, there are still a few crazy people hacking away
into the early hours.
P.S. If you find that you're crazy enough to want to help the PHP-GTK
project get back into rhythm, the guys are very welcoming. Find us on the
#php-gtk channel on Freenode.
We're still here!
Rumours of PHP-GTK's death have been greatly exaggerated! The project is
very much still alive, but we're waiting for PHP 5.3 to come out, and also some
work needs to be done on the Cairo extension before a new release can be made.
This should be completed soon. This release will come with support for GTK+ 2.14
and 2.16, Cairo, and PHP 5.3.
The next release will also include official installers for Windows and Mac OSX,
and an installer script (thank you bob) for Linux.
If you are interested in helping out with the project, there are many ways
to get involved. Contributions of code and tests are always welcome. You can
get in touch on our development
mailing list. We're also looking at improving the PHP-GTK documentation
and website, which has its own mailing list too. Alternatively,
join us in #php-gtk on the Freenode IRC network.
PHP-GTK 2.0.1 released
PHP-GTK 2.0.1 has been released, head over to the download page and get your copy.
This release, named you knew this was coming, adds full support for
GtkBuilder and tooltips; in addition to a slew of bug fixes and overrides.
Coming up next: Akshat Gupta, our student for the Summer of Code
program this year will be working on cairo support for PHP-GTK. We're
still looking for more people to help us out with development and documentation - please
get in touch with us if you're interested.
Summer of Code 2008
The 2008 edition of the Google Summer of Code is here! The PHP project will be
participating and you can propose PHP-GTK related projects.
If you're an eligible student, take a look
at some of our project ideas to get started. Mentors will be available
on the development mailing list and on IRC for feedback on your application. All the best!
PHP-GTK 2 is Here!
After a long development and QA cycle, we are proud to release version 2.0 of
PHP-GTK. This release, named leap day special, marks PHP-GTK 2 as stable and comes with support for
versions 2.6 through 2.12. Although support for more recent versions than 2.8
is not 100% complete, we hope to cover as much of the API as possible in
This release comes with support for custom GTypes and signals, more API
coverage, and the usual slew of bug fixes. Take a look at the Changelog for
detailed information on changes since the beta.
If you're looking to learn PHP-GTK, the documentation is a great place to
start. There's also an excellent book from Apress by Scott Mattocks on the
topic. We hope you will enjoy developing applications with PHP-GTK 2. Please
don't hesitate to file bug reports at the bug tracker, or give us feedback on
the php-gtk-general mailing list. Have fun!
PHP-GTK 2 Beta!
The PHP-GTK team is proud to announce the release of a beta version of
PHP-GTK 2. This release, aptly named
extension extravaganza, brings with
it tons of new features that you can look forward to:
- Overall API coverage is now at 90%, with over 95% coverage for just
the Gtk+ API.
- The GtkTreeView widget has been significantly enhanced with custom
model and drag-and-drop support
- Basic clipboard functionality is now supported.
- Exciting new cross-platform widgets now available through the GtkSpell,
GtkExtra, GtkHTML3, libsexy and Scintilla extensions
- Gtk+ versions 2.8 and 2.10 are now supported, which brings along a host
of new features such as enhanced printing support; revamped GtkIconView,
GtkNotebook; GtkPlug/Socket support for Win32; and a variety of new widgets
like GtkStatusIcon and GtkAssistant.
- The usual set of bug fixes and unit test additions.
Head over to the download section and grab
a tarball. PHP-GTK 2 is now one step closer to a final release. Thanks to
entire PHP-GTK team for making this release possible!
PHP-GTK Teams for the PHPThrowdown
The PHPThrowdown is a competition to see
which team or individual can build the best application in 24 hours. Its a test of
skill and stamina. Most people expect to see a whole bunch of web applications, but we
here in the PHP-GTK community know that the best applications are written with PHP-GTK.
To help prove this point to the rest of the world, a few teams are being organized to
enter PHP-GTK applications into the contest. If you are interested in joining (or
leading) a team, be sure to sign up on the PHP-GTK PHPThrowdown Team organization
Interest in PHP-GTK is growing, and this is evident by the increasing number of
hits at the community site. The site
provides useful tips and code samples for PHP-GTK, be sure to stop by. Also,
Christian created a map which tells you where PHP-GTK 2 developers and users are located. Join us on #php-gtk on
Freenode and add yourself!
KateOS, a multitasking operating system;
includes a package manager written entirely in PHP-GTK 2! This is the first time any distribution
has adopted PHP-GTK 2 at such a level; we hope this trend continues!
The Chinese translation of the PHP-GTK 2 manual has now begun. If you are
interested in contributing to the documentation or development of PHP-GTK 2
then get in touch with us, and
help in making a faster release!
Callicore is a framework for PHP-GTK 2 and provides a set of re-usable classes designed to make application development
quicker and painless. Though no releases have been made yet, the code from the
repository is pretty usable.
Taking Conferences by Storm
It's conference season in the PHP world and no PHP conference would be complete without a PHP-GTK 2 presentation (you hear that DCPHP!). Earlier this month Andrei, demonstrated how easy it is to create powerful desktop applications with PHP-GTK 2 at PHP|Works in Toronot. Next, in October, Scott will be speaking at the Zend/PHP Conference. Finally, in early November, Steph will talk about the new features of PHP-GTK 2 at the International PHP Conference and demonstrate how to make lightweight cross-platform applications.
While the development team works hard to finish the API (90% coverage is not far off), a new set of online tutorials has sprung up recently kksou.com. The tutorials are short and to the point. They cover those nagging issues that don't necessarily prevent you from completing your application, but add a great deal to the finished product.
Documentation Filling Out
This week, the PHP-Gtk2 documentation broke the 44.44% barrier: nearly half of the classes and their methods, properties and signals are documented. PHP-GTK 2 consists of 202 classes with nearly 2,900 methods, and many signals and properties. As the documentation matures, PHP-GTK 2 becomes easier to work with as the answers to many common problems become easier to find.
We ask you to help us fill in the white spaces and create examples for others to learn from. Writing documentation not only helps the project, but also helps you learn through experimenting with new methods, and gain a better understanding of the inner workings of the project. Interested? The doccing tutorial explains the first steps, and the php-gtk-doc mailing list is the central place for all manual issues. All help creating examples and writing or translating documentation, is appreciated.
PHP-GTK 2 Alpha Re-release
Apparently, PEAR infrastructure tools (due to a deficiency in PHP's version_compare()
function) cannot handle a version modifier called "zeta". We had to rename it to
good old "alpha", re-package and re-release. Download it if you plan to use PEAR's
or gnope.org's packages.
PHP-GTK 2 Zeta Release
After a long development cycle, PHP-GTK team is proud to announce the first
official preview release of
PHP-GTK 2. Since everyone has been
patiently waiting for this
release for quite a while, we have
decided to skip a few letters of the Greek alphabet and go straight to zeta,
which does not get nearly enough respect in the software world compared to its
brethren. So, without further ado, please welcome PHP-GTK 2.0.0 Zeta!
PHP-GTK 2 Resources
The number of PHP-GTK 2 resources has been climbing steadily as development
continues. As it stands now there are eight PHP-GTK
2 packages available from PEAR.
The availability of the PHP-GTK 2
documentation provides an online resources for developers needing help with
the PHP-GTK 2 API. Included in the online documentation is a new tutorial on
using Glade with PHP-GTK 2. In addition several websites devoted to PHP-GTK 2 have cropped up
providing a wide range of resources. Finally, the first PHP-GTK 2 book, Pro PHP-GTK, has been
published. All of these resources should provide a strong launching point for
any developer wanting to get a head start working with the soon-to-be-released
alpha version of PHP-GTK 2.
Moving toward a release of PHP-GTK 2
This month PHP-GTK 2 has continued its march toward an initial release. Andrei
has been working through bug fixes and
implementing new features.
Recently he added the ability to use GtkListStores and GtkTreeStores as if
iterators or arrays.
This makes it much easier to work with data models for GtkTreeView and
GtkComboBox. The documentation team has been working hard to fill out the docs.
Several new pages have been added and the PHP-GTK 2 docs will soon make their
first appearance on the PHP-GTK website.
Even though PHP-GTK 2 is not quite stable yet, several applications have been
developed using the CVS version. There are now four PHP-GTK 2 packages
available on PEAR including the newly added
Christian Weiske has released the first game developed with PHP-GTK 2:
PHP-GTK 2 Progress
Development of PHP-GTK 2 is steadily picking up pace. The last month has seen
plenty of activity not only in commits to CVS but in other parts of the PHP-GTK
2 community also:
- The PHP-GTK 2 documentation is filling out. More classes have been
documented and given examples (especially the GtkTree* classes).
- Source code highlighting has been added to the
PHP-GTK 2 manual.
- Most of the get_size* methods have been implemented.
- 85% of all
methods and properties have been implemented. The other 15% need to be
written by hand, and more are being added every week. (Some automatically
generated methods may not be implemented correctly and will have to be
re-written by hand. Therefore, the actual coverage figures may be slightly
lower than those above)
- The Gnope installer has been downloaded
over 8000 times since its release last month.
an application that makes it easy to modify php.ini files, has been
proposed on PEAR by Anant Narayanan.
Gnope Installer Released
Version 1.0 of the Gnope Installer has
been released. The Gnope installer helps to set up a full featured PHP-GTK2
installation on a Windows system with just a few clicks. It is designed to
make installation of PHP-GTK2 and PHP-GTK2 applications quick and easy. For
more information or to download Gnope visit
Christian Weiske has written an
for PHP Magazin titled "Rapid Application Development Mit PHP-GTK" which
discusses creating applications using PHP-GTK and Glade.
An unofficial version of PHP-GTK 2 for Windows can be found at
If you are interested in helping test PHP-GTK 2 on Windows, please send your comments to the dev mailing list.
PHP-GTK 2 at the International PHP Conference
Jeremy Johnstone will be
presenting a talk titled
Development in PHP-GTK2" at the International PHP Conference in November.
Anyone going to the conference should be sure to check out his talk. The
discussion includes "in depth coverage of developing a GUI application in
PHP-GTK2 including tools you can use to allow you to rapidly develop new
Win9x Support in PHP 5.1
There is talk on the
Internals mailing list about removing support for Win9x (95/98/2000/ME)
from PHP 5.1. For most PHP developers this isn't much of a big deal but for
PHP-GTK 2 developers it may have a much more significant impact. If you have
reasons to keep Win9x support in PHP 5, make sure to
PHP-GTK 1.0.2 Released
PHP-GTK 1.0.2 is a minor release that fixes
a bug in the build process that prevented PHP-GTK from being installed
with the newly released PHP 4.4.x branch.
Getting Ready for PHP-GTK 2
PHP-GTK 2 is getting closer and closer to a first release every day. At the
International PHP Conference, Andrei
gave a talk about the current
status of PHP-GTK 2 and the direction it is heading. Since then, excellent
progress has been made with trees and editable cells. Parameter reflection has
also been added thanks to Christian. The lastest efforts have led to the first
set of practical applications written with PHP-GTK 2. Christian's
reflection browser makes
it easy to take a look at the inner workings of PHP-GTK 2 classes and can be
used as simple documentation.