Phalcon 2 (beta 3) released

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Today we’re very excited to announce the release of the third beta (and possibly last one) of Phalcon 2!

Phalcon 2 is almost fully functional and stable as Phalcon 1.x, virtually all tests in 1.x are now passing 2.0. If you haven’t tried Phalcon 2 out, it’s time to give it a shot!

Preparing your migration to Phalcon 2

Interfaces and type checkings

Thanks to Zephir, Phalcon 2 performs a greater number of type and class checks, and as a result this make the whole framework more stable and consistent. If a wrong type or class is passed to a method you’ll see the relevant exception with a verbose message. If you have created user adapters or extended framework components and they do not implement the necessary interfaces and/or types you may need to fix them.

Catchable fatal error: Argument 2 passed to Phalcon\Mvc\Model\Query::__construct() must implement
interface Phalcon\DiInterface, instance of stdClass given in /home/scott/test.php on line 17

Better debug information

Zephir provides the exact place where an exception was thrown and it will provide more information as to where the error occurred.

Exception: The static method 'someMethod' doesn't exist on model 'Robots'
File=phalcon/mvc/model.zep Line=4042
#0 /home/scott/test.php(64): Phalcon\Mvc\Model::__callStatic('someMethod', Array)
#1 /home/scott/test.php(64): Robots::someMethod()
#2 {main}

This could help you to find solutions for your problems by just looking at the framework source.

Error Handling

Phalcon 2 provides better facilities to handle exceptions, for instance, in micro applications you can use the new error handler which will allow you to do something like this:

use Phalcon\Mvc\Micro;
use Phalcon\Http\Response;

$app = new Micro();

    function ($name) {
        throw new \Exception("An exception has occurred");

    function ($e) {
        return new Response('Internal error');

These facilities were easily implemented thanks to the low-level exception system provided by Zephir.

Performance Improvements

Zephir/Phalcon 2 takes advantage of the improved way to return values in PHP 5.6. This optimization greatly reduces the number of unnecessary copies improving the performance.

Phalcon 2 new look

Our community have contributed 4 amazing proposals for the new design in the Phalcon 2 era. Contribute by voting your favorite design here.

Want to contribute?

From the beginning, Phalcon has been a different framework than any other framework out there, providing developers with many components and functionality in a single PHP extension. If you want to contribute in Phalcon 2, being a part of something unique and amazing, the simplest way is to look through the issue tracker for issues, bugs or features to implement. Help us to make Phalcon the greatest framework for PHP ever! Your contributions are very valuable.


An important work has been done migrating and simplifying tests for Phalcon 2 into a single test-suite powered by CodeCeption. See the migrated tests here.

Help with Testing

This version can be installed from the 2.0.0 branch. If you don’t have Zephir installed follow these instructions:

git clone
git checkout 2.0.0
cd cphalcon/ext
sudo ./install

If you have Zephir installed:

git clone
cd cphalcon
git checkout 2.0.0
zephir build

We hope that you will enjoy these improvements and additions. We invite you to share your thoughts and questions about this version on Phosphorum.

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