One thing I completely love about Horde 4 being a component framework is the ability to have stable installations into which I can inject experimental snapshots of packages further developed, patched or hacked in some other way. Just an overview of one such installation:
INSTALLED PACKAGES, CHANNEL PEAR.HORDE.ORG: =========================================== PACKAGE VERSION STATE Horde_ActiveSync 1.0.0 stable Horde_Alarm 1.0.1 stable Horde_Argv 1.0.1 stable Horde_Auth 1.0.3 stable Horde_Autoloader 1.0.0 stable Horde_Browser 1.0.0 stable Horde_Cache 1.0.3 stable Horde_Cli 1.0.0 stable Horde_Compress 1.0.1 stable Horde_Constraint 1.0.0 stable Horde_Controller 1.0.0 stable Horde_Core 1.1.2dev201105300702 stable Horde_Crypt 1.0.2 stable Horde_Data 1.0.0 stable Horde_DataTree 1.0.0 stable Horde_Date 1.0.1 stable Horde_Date_Parser 1.0.0 stable Horde_Db 1.0.1 stable Horde_Editor 1.0.1 stable Horde_Exception 1.0.1 stable Horde_Feed 1.0.1dev201106011224 stable Horde_Form 1.0.1 stable Horde_Group 1.0.0 stable ...
How do you get these snapshots? Ensure you have the horde-component helper set up. Then enter the package you wish to snapshot (e.g. Horde_Core) and run:
The snapshot package will be assembled in this directory, can be uploaded to your webserver and installed using:
pear upgrade --offline --force Horde_Core-1.1.2dev201105300702.tgz
What happens if you patched and deployed your package, sent the patch upstream, it gets accepted and a new package released?
pear upgrade horde/Horde_Core