symfony is a web application framework written in PHP, which among other features automates many of the tedious tasks of an AJAX developer. The new version of the framework, the 0.6.2, was released last week, and it is a good occasion to sum up the latest AJAX news on symfony.

- A tutorial about sortable lists (http://www.symfony-project.com/content/book/page/sortable.html) was recently issued. It compares classic and AJAX sortable lists, in terms of programming complexity, HCI concerns, and user feedback. Worth reading for anyone willing to add AJAX sortable lists to a site without really knowing why or how.

- The symfony project also published an extensive documentation about the PHP AJAX helpers (http://www.symfony-project.com/content/book/page/javascript.html). As you may know, theses helpers are based on the rails+script.aculo.us ones. However, since the RoR doc is pretty wary on the subject, it's the best documentation around so far. That's why it's of interest for all AJAX programmers: because of the similar syntax of theses helpers in symfony and RoR, this documentation can be used as reference for both.

- The askeet tutorial series (http://www.symfony-project.com/askeet) were also recently updated to be easily understood by newcomers. They contain extensive details about how to make an autocomplete search (http://www.symfony-project.com/askeet/en/14) and digg-like votes (http://www.symfony-project.com/askeet/8).

For more info, visit the symfony home page: http://www.symfony-project.com/