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MVC: No Silver Bullet Mar 8, 2011

Andy Wardley as a great article about traditional desktop-application MVC and how it applies to web development.

Showcase: Sux0r uses Smarty 3 Mar 6, 2011

Dac from says:

Sux0r is a blogging package, an RSS aggregator, a bookmark repository, and a photo publishing platform with a focus on Naive Bayesian categorization and probabilistic content. OpenID enabled (version 1.1); as both a consumer and a provider.

Sux0r has been using Smarty since 2008. Recently, I bit the bullet and upgraded to Smarty 3. Launched today as part of, the transition was a relatively painless experience. Any issues I had were quickly resolved in the forums. The gains in Smarty 3 are numerous and worth the effort.

Thanks a lot for your work.

PHP Template Engines Mar 2, 2011

This is a very well written article by Max K. from about PHP template engines and their uses.

PHP Template Engines

Showcase: uses Smarty 3 Feb 24, 2011

The Sergey from says:

When I discovered Smarty 2 several years ago, it completely changed the way I developed PHP web apps. Since that day, I haven't had reason to put any HTML into my codebase. Keeping the HTML separate made my apps cleaner and easier to read, and Smarty made this easy by providing countless functions and modifiers that I could call from within my templates.

Throughout those projects, I had a self-built MySQL class that I kept improving. This class simplified my projects almost as much as Smarty did, by letting me do common MySQL actions in one line instead of several, and by giving me perfect protection from SQL injection.

When I decided to make a website so I could publish this MySQL class (now called MeekroDB), Smarty 3 was the obvious choice. By using it from the start, I'm keeping my site's codebase as clean as possible and ensuring that it won't become confusing and cluttered over time. I'm already in love with the new template inheritance system because of how much it simplifies my template files, and I know that's just the beginning. As my site grows, I'll be able to enable Smarty's caching support and ensure that it keeps loading fast.

Thank you Smarty, for many years of great PHP coding!


Showcase: PrestaShop uses Smarty 3 Feb 18, 2011

The PrestaShop development team says:

PrestaShop has been using Smarty ever since its launch over 3 years ago. It has been our first choice because of its popularity and simplicity, but we gradually ramped up our skills, tweaking it to fit our own needs and playing more and more with compilation, cache or even internal plugins and compilers.

Smarty soon became an irreplaceable part of our framework. When Smarty 3 was released a few months ago, we were glad to replace our aging Smarty 2 as this gave us the opportunity to implement a new system and acquire new skills.

Beyond the technical choice, Smarty is so well received by our community of developers and web designers that it seems now inconceivable to use anything else as a template engine. We can definitely say that Smarty is an important competitive advantage over PrestaShop's rivals.

Thank you Smarty!
PrestaShop Development Team

Very nice!

Smarty 3.0.7 Released Feb 11, 2011

Smarty 3.0.7 has been released. Some bug fixes, performance improvements, and a patch to fix a file-access vulnerability with security enabled. See the change log for details.

change log here.

download it here.

Smarty 3 and Zend Framework Feb 8, 2011

Gediminas Morkevičius has written an extension for Zend Framework, check it out!

Smarty 3 extension for Zend

Showcase: XOOPS uses Smarty 3 Jan 31, 2011

The XOOPS developers say:

The XOOPS Project just presented an Alpha release of its next generation Web Application Development platform the Xoops Engine.

XOOPS is one of the most successful Open Source CMS solutions, constantly winning top places in various competitions, and receiving various awards. But it was slowly showing signs of aging that would require major rewrites of the Core. After much deliberation the team decided to rewrite it from the ground-up using a standard off-the-shelf PHP Framework. Following the same thinking as IBM or Apple did when they decided to use standard Intel chips, the XOOPS team believes that using standard components and libraries while focusing on unique value-add, will increase the speed to market for XOOPS. The Xoops Engine is be probably the first and only case so far of rewriting a major Open Source project using an industry standard PHP Framework.

After some research and evaluation, XOOPS team has selected Zend Framework, the best and most popular PHP Framework on the market. By using the Zend Framework XOOPS can take advantage of the latest Web trends and vast resources provided by the Zend Framework developers.

While we've spent some time looking for the best PHP Framework for us, it was a no-brainer in regards to templates! :)

We've been using Smarty in XOOPS successfully since 2002, so it was only logical that we'll continue to use Smarty in the Xoops Engine as well, and the timing of the Smarty 3.0 release couldn't be better - we were able to incorporate it in our Alpha release right away as our default view templating engine.

Thank you Smarty Team for all your hard work and we're looking forward to keep using Smarty as it grows and is getting better.

XOOPS Project

Congrats on the new release!

Showcase: TestLink uses Smarty 3 Jan 6, 2011

The TestLink developers say:

TestLink, is the leading Open Source Test Management application. A mature application present for more than 6 years on the open source area, has reached version 1.9 on Dic 2010, adding more and more features like:

- better user experiencie usinng EXT-JS
- improvements on Requirements Management
- allow integration with third party application through XML-RPC API.
- integration with well known BTS (Mantis,Bugzilla,Jira,etc)
- and more

TestLink is developed using PHP,Smarty,Apache. We have started development of version 2.0 migrating from Smarty 2.x to Smarty 3, and we have found that quality of our templates will increase thanks to new features. We expect that TestLink to be fast and responsive, as does our community, and switching

Thanks a lot for your work

TestLink Development Team

Very nice!

Showcase: Elance uses Smarty 3 Jan 5, 2011

Jeff from Elance says:

Elance, the world's leading platform for online employment, helps businesses hire and manage in the cloud. For businesses looking to staff-up a team on an hourly or project basis, Elance offers instant access to qualified professionals who work online. Elance provides the tools to hire, view work as it progresses and pay for results. Elance is faster and more cost-effective than job boards, staffing firms and traditional outsourcing. For skilled professionals who want to work online, Elance offers access to qualified clients, a virtual workplace and guaranteed pay for great work. Elancers have already delivered on projects worth more than $325 million.

PHP is the most frequently requested skill on Elance, among the over 35,000 projects posted every month. Not only do clients request it but we use PHP extensively on the Elance site. About six months ago we started converting some pages from using ETS to Smarty 3 and we have seen up to 30% improvements in the time it takes to create those pages. We will continue to convert more pages as the benefits are real and easy to measure. We expect our site to be fast and responsive, as does our community, and switching to Smarty 3 is helping us reach the performance levels we demand.

Thank you Smarty!

Jeff Ligh - Technical Lead

Congrats Jeff!

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