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Symfony 5: The Fast Track book now available in PDF

Symfony 5: The Fast Track is the best resource to learn how to develop modern web applications with Symfony 5. The book was published in paper a few weeks ago and, by popular demand, it's now available for purchase as a PDF file too.

These are all the ways you can purchase the book:

Thanks to a massive joint effort carried out by the Symfony community, the book will be available soon in many other languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese.

The book translations are part of the Symfony diversity initiative. They will make Symfony more approachable to developers who struggle with English as a second language. We'd love to translate all Symfony docs, but it's impossible because of how fast docs are updated. The book contents are much more stable, so they allow for these translations.

Why should I pay for the PDF edition?ΒΆ

As originally announced, the book contents will be published for free on symfony.com in the coming weeks (we're still working on formatting the contents). That's why you may be asking why isn't the PDF edition available for free.

On January 2018, Symfony became an independent company. More precisely, a private commercial company called "Symfony SAS" sponsors the development of the Symfony framework.

This sponsoring includes the salaries of people like Fabien Potencier, the Symfony creator and project leader, Nicolas Greaks, the biggest code contributor and Javier Eguiluz, the biggest doc contributor.

The proceeds from the sale of the book, including the original Kickstarter campaign, go entirely to fund Symfony SAS business operations. In other words, purchasing the book (or gifting it to other developers) is a great way to learn Symfony and contribute to the project at the same time.


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