My article on Savant has been published in the 01.2005 edition of International PHP Magazine. I subtitled it "How I learned to stop using Smarty and love PHP for template markup" (so what if I love old movies?).
In the Development track, Paul Jones elaborates on how he learned to stop using Smarty and love PHP for template markup. He holds forth on Savant, a lightweight, object-oriented, fast and powerful solution that leverages the power of PHP markup with the convenience of plugins and path management -- all without compiling.