Herbert is a fancy MVC framework for building WordPress plugins. If you long for a different way than how most WordPress plugins are structured, Herbert may really interest you. I have had a lot of fun looking through the documentation, the example plugin, and another plugin that was built with Herbert.
Herbert has ways for doing all sorts of common plugin functionality, like adding custom post types, saving data, managing inputs, creating settings, and more.
This won’t be for all of you, but no doubt some will be excited about Herbert. It was build by Jason Agnew of Big Bite Creative. It’s been around since January, but was refreshed in June and the new documentation was recently released. They tell the story on their blog.
They also have a WordPress “starter kit” called Suzie that’s just a month old, and looks pretty neat.