News Archive - 1999

Here are the most important news items we have published in 1999 on

The Mars Polar Lander and PHP

[03-Dec-1999]It is scheduled to land on Mars at 12:14 PM Pacific time December 3 and PHP is helpingto bring the experience to the world. The web site is powered by a combination of PHP, MySQL and Perl scripts.There is an architecturedescription here. This architecture document doesn't say very much about PHP otherthan the fact that PHP is used as the Web scripting language, but it has an interestingdescription of how they built a large scaleable system and it proves nicely that PHPis up to the task of being part of such a large-scale deployment.

PHP 4.0 Beta 3 is out!

[17-Nov-1999]Three months after PHP 4.0 Beta 2 was released, Beta 3 is finally here.This release has a lot of changes, including a "pure" automake/libtool-basedbuild system, Java support and lots of other stuff.All 4.0 beta users are encouraged to upgrade.

LinuxWorld Editors' Choice Awards

[31-Jul-1999]PHP is a Finalist in the LinuxWorld Editors' Choice Awards to be presentedon Aug.11 in San Jose, CA. PHP is up against QT from Troll Tech in the"Programming Library/Tools" category.

PHP 4.0 Beta 1 is out!

[23-Jul-1999]The long awaited beta of the new generation of PHP is here.

PHP Tutorials at O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention

[02-Jul-1999]Rasmus Lerdorf and Jim Winstead will be giving a pair of three-hourtutorials at O'Reilly'sOpen Source Software Convention on August 21, 1999, in Monterey,California.

PHP 3.0.11 has been released!

[27-Jun-1999]Hot on the heels of 3.0.10, along comes another releaseto fix a few problems on Windows and some Unix platforms. If 3.0.10worked for you, there's probably no need to upgrade. 3.0.10 featuredbug fixes, including the last of the fsockopen() and URL fopen()problems, we hope. The dbm database abstraction layer had the modeflag for dba_open() brought into line with dbm_open(), which means"w" will not create a non-existent database (use "c" instead). Thedocumentation has also been moved into its own repository, and thegenerated HTML documentation is included in the tar.gz instead of theSGML source. For a more complete list of all of the changes, see theChangeLog.

PHP 3.0.9 has been released!

[06-June-1999]More bug fixes, including many in the OCI8 module, and an important fixfor fgets() on socket connections. Also added support for PCRE(Perl-compatible Regular Expressions library), t1lib (PostScript Type-1fonts with GD), and mhash. For a more complete list of all of thechanges, see the ChangeLog.

PHP Related Books are Available

[12-May-1999]Get ready for a wave of PHP related books to hit the shelves!We don't know exactly how many there are going to be yet, buttwo are already available.

Zend has been announced

[04-Jan-1999]Zend, a new optimized engine for PHP has beenannounced. Visit theZend Web site for moreinformation!

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