CakePHP Project Manager Garrett Woodworth and Developer Nate Abele have left the CakePHP development team.
It seems like they started to work on a fork of Cake3 called “Lithium”.
On the bright side we still have Cake and now Garrett and Nate are off to do whatever they have planned next.
I’ve used CakePHP before, a few times, here and there. Let me tell you: not a single project I’ve ever worked on could have survived with the current CakePHP. It may have been a problem with me, I admit that. However, CakePHP promises too much and delivers too little. That aside, I’ve always loved how controllers and models work. But because every modern website relies on more than just index, add, delete and view, I feel like it lost touch.
I seriously hope that whatever Garrett Woodworth and Nate Abele are working on lives up to CakePHP and also exceeds it. CakePHP was started a good number of years ago. In development time, internet time, that’s like a couple of decades, maybe more. CakePHP has been held back by PHP 4 for too long. When did PHP 5 come out? Years ago. High turn around is important. The docs feel inconsistant because examples are often coded for PHP 4.
I’d like to see Lithium solve those issues. I would happily beta test such a project. I’m hopeful that CakePHP 1.3 or CakePHP 2 can turn itself around and I’m excited for this new (possible) framework. If you’re deadly bored, you can take a peak at what Cake3 looked like back in July when I saved a copy.
I’d like to hear some of your thoughts on CakePHP’s loss of core team members and also the possibly fork of our beloved framework.