May 2, 2006

Midgard 1.8alpha2 "Independent" released

Piotr Pokora writes "Lodz, May 2nd 2006 -- The Midgard Project has released the second alpha
release version for the upcoming 1.8 stable branch of the Midgard Open Source
Content Management System.

Midgard's 1.8 branch focus on improved stability for Midgard2 technology
preview features introduced in 1.7 branch. This release is adressed for
Midgard developers and users who already use configured Midgard development
environments. Due to the initial support for Midgard CMS PEAR packages it's
not recommended for initial setups.

New branch provides metadata for all objects registered from
schemas. Improved MgdSchema types managament includes features
like automatic guid accessibility and ISO datetimes.

Midgard-schema, new command line tool creates database's
storage tables and performs tests on registered types before
implementing application in production environment.

PHP is no more the only one scripting language supported by
Midgard. Due to MgdSchema technology Midgard provides better
connectivity for Java developers.

1.8 branch is the last one Midgard branch with repligard. A new
Java tool, Exorcist is available as a preview for general
database replication, including Midgard and other CMS's

Midgard 1.8 for end users

Unified Configuration

New configuration file format allows users to reuse the same
midgard configuration among many different applications and
among many environments. New file format is in beta state in
this release and will be provided as the only one recommended
way to configure any applications in future Midgard releases.
The main goal is to reuse configuration even with different
binaries without any need to rebuild Midgard.

Installation improvements

  • Midgard CMS - MidCOM is installable and available as PEAR
  • New command line tool midgard-schema allows developers to
    create objects' database storage automatically. This tool is
    also able to perform basic object's operations ( like invoking
    real create or update methods ) before classes are registered
    in production environment.

New file format is currently supported by:

  • midgard-php used with php-cli
  • midgard-schema
  • midgard-query
  • midgard-apache2 module

Midgard 1.8 for developers

Midgard metadata.

New midgard_metadata class is new Midgard's internally
initialized type which is integral part of every user defined
class. midgard_metadata object is accessible as 'metadata'
property for every newly created object instance. Informations
like date of object's creation or last update, visibility or
object's creator are available for all classes defined in
schema files. This functionality also supports sheduling dates
for registered classes. Even for attachments or persons.

Midgard metadata in Query Builder

As Midgard Query Builder is the default way to query objects
from database, it also supports metadata constraints. Any
object may be queried from database not only using its own
properties but also using metadata property.

ISO datetimes

Following Midgard mRFC 0020 midgard_metadata properties with
MGD_TYPE_TIMESTAMP represents dates as ISO datetimes. All dates
are stored in UTC timezone in database.

Improved support for GUIDs

All midgard_metadata properties which are links to other types
use only guids instead of ids. Additionaly every object in
midgard database is represented by guid which is now stored in
object's table and doesn't have to be retrieved by particular
method. Database upgrade performed by datagard updates every
record in database, so even records created or updated with old
traditional Midgard API are converted and ready for new

Midgard Reflection

Midgard Reflection is designed for developers who need to write
"schema aware" applications without any knowledge about schema
registered for application.Property's or type's attributes
defined in schema files are easily accessible with Midgard
Reflection objects.

New datatypes for object's properties.

With Midgard's Reflection one may retrieve property's type.
Types like longtext or datetime defined in application's schema
are easily accessible on any level wihout any need to redefine
such data for application which create user's GUI based on used

Changes from 1.7 branch:


  • Metadata for all MgdSchema objects
  • Support for ISO metadata datetimes
  • New Quota for MgdSchema objects
  • Rewritten database SELECTs with performance in mind
  • Metadata and joined objects supported by
  • Guids support for objects and metadata
  • New midgard-schema command line tool for testing schemas
    and creating database tables


  • repligard as part of midgard-data package
  • exorcist , a new tool for database replication

Changes from 1.8alpha1 release:


  • Improved Midgard Query Builder
  • Improved metadata object properties
  • ability to create metadata table columns with
  • Midgard Reflection Property


  • Improved MgdSchema objects' constructor
  • Experimental core's GObjects handler
  • Core's warning and error messages populated as php error
  • Extension is not built against MySQL or Apache


  • PEAR packages installation and configuration support
  • New unified configuration file support
  • Database UTF-8 update support

Planned for next releases

  • Next 1.8beta1 release: May/June 2006
  • Automated database MgdSchema management and table
  • Deprecation of the classic functional Midgard API in favor
    of MgdSchema and Query Builder
  • Deprecation of repligard and apache1 support.
  • Integrated midgard-java package

Download page for latest release:

Getting started with Midgard:

Bugs reporting:

User and developers support:

About Midgard

The Midgard Content Management Framework was initially released
in May 1999, and has since gathered a sizable user and
developer community. Midgard powers thousands of web sites
ranging from simple organizational websites to major portals
like New Zealand eGovernment site and Playbill.

Midgard is being developed by an international team of
professionals. Midgard's development team includes new media
designers, system integrators and content management
consultants. Midgard development is being supported by several
commercial and governmental entities including the European

Piotr Pokora, Midgard release manager

Henri Bergius, Midgard spokesman

The Midgard Project"

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