News Archive - 2002

Here are the most important news items we have published in 2002 on

PHP Look Back 2002

[31-Dec-2002]We are at the end of 2002, and it seemed appropriate to look back on thedevelopment issues of the past year. So starts the first PHP Look Back! You canfind it in on the non-official personal website of one of the PHP Developers here.

Happy New Year!

PHP 4.3.0 Released!

[27-Dec-2002]The PHP developers are pleased to announce the immediate availability ofPHP 4.3.0, the latest and greatest version of thisextremely popular and widely used scripting language.

This release contains a multitude of changes, bug fixes and improvements overthe previous one, PHP 4.2.3. It further elevates PHP's standing as a seriouscontender in the general purpose scripting language arena. Please seethe full release announcement.


New Release of the PHP Manual CHM Edition - Please Help Us

[27-Dec-2002]The 11th sample of the CHM edition is available for download from today. Thesample hopefully fixed the missing page bugs forever, introduces a newintegration method (see documentation inside) and contains actual manualtext, mirrors list and user notes. Seethe edition's page for download.

We also would like to ask you to help out in testing our new on-the-flysyntax highlighter, which would make the CHM significantly smaller, andwould give you more options in displaying the pages.See the edition's page formore information.

MySQL Users Conference and Expo 2003

MySQL Users Conference and Expo 2003 in San Jose

[16-Dec-2002]MySQL AB is proud to host the world's First Annual MySQL UserConference, to be held in the heart of Silicon Valley, April 10-12,2003. This event promises to be the biggest gathering of MySQL databaseusers ever in one location. Designed for both the MySQL developer andthe corporate decision maker, this is the place to learn about thelatest in MySQL technology, discover new business opportunities, take apulse on industry direction and commune with like minds. More information on theevent's website.

PHP news feed available

[01-Dec-2002]The news of is available now in RSS 1.0 format via ournew news.rss file. You canadd this file to any news reader or portal site to get the latestofficial PHP news. We strongly recommend you to cache the contentslocally on your side, as the newsfeed is updated daily. The RSSfile is available on every mirror site.


Forum PHP 2002 in Paris, France

[21-Nov-2002]The French PHP User Group AFUP invites you to the "Forum PHP 2002" inParis, on December 9th and 10th. Designed to meet the needs of PHP awarecompanies and all the French PHP developper's community alike, thisevent will provided you with valuable and up-to-date information.For more information (in French) see thePHP Forumwebsite.

PHP Magazine - International Edition

[17-Nov-2002]Software & Support Verlag GmbH is going to publish an International versionof the PHP Magazin. This magazine wasinitiated after growing interest for an English magazine after the Germanversion has been around for a few months.

PHP Magazine not only informs about the scripting language itself, but also aboutrelated technologies such as the Apache Web Server, database technologies, XMLand other innovative internet technologies. Different sections within themagazine are oriented towards the specific question areas with which a webdeveloper is confronted in daily practice.

The first issue will be published in December and the frequency of issues istwo months. You will be able to subscribe on the website which will open shortly.

New Monthly PHP Magazine Launched

[15-Nov-2002]php|architect, a new monthly magazine dedicated exclusively to PHP, haslaunched its website. php|a is publishedin PDF format and is available worldwide. It covers a variety of advancedtopics ranging from day-to-day programming to the internals of PHP. A samplearticle on the creation of a web-based PDF converter is alsoavailable on the magazine website

PHP Search Bars available for major browsers

[29-Oct-2002]We added a new option to access our site's content quickly. In addition toURL shortcuts, keyboard shortcuts andbrowser specific magic you can now use ourSearch Bar from the major browsers. Please helpus to test this new service, and provide feedback viathe bug system (categorize your bugas a website bug please).

PHP at the LinuxWorld Expo Oct. 29-31th in Frankfurt, Germany

[28-Oct-2002]For the first time the Open Source projects comprising the popular LAMPplatform (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) will be present at the LinuxWorld Expowith its own booth.

At the booth, which is organized by the GermanPHP Association and the PHP UsergroupFrankfurt, fair visitors can experience and learn about Apache, MySQL, PHPand related projects.

Visitors can take LAMP home, too, since there will be a CD with the necessarysoftware available at the booth.

New keyboard shortcuts

[17-Oct-2002]We introduced new keyboard shortcuts on the site today to make our pageseven more comfortable to use. You can hit Alt+S on Microsoft Windowsor Ctrl+S on Macintosh now to go right to the search box and type yoursearch keyword. A similar shortcut with the letter "L" is also introducedon the manual pages to access the lookup input field. Thanks to Tommy Ipsenfor the suggestion. You can read more about keyboard shortcuts on web pagesinthe HTML standard.

PHP 4.2.3 Released

[06-Sept-2002]PHP 4.2.3 has been released with a large numberof bug fixes. It is a maintenance release, and is a recommended update for allusers of PHP, and Windows users in particular. A complete list of changes canbe found in the ChangeLog.

PHP Conference 2002

International PHP Conference 2002 (Frankfurt, Nov 3-6)

[05-Sept-2002]After the big success of last year's first International PHP Conference thisyear's show will be even bigger and better.

Come to Frankfurtand meet the most excellent speakers of the PHP community on four following dayspacked with whole daytutorials on November 3 and 4 and a great variety of sessions on November5 and 6.

The topics are PHP Applications, PHP & Business, Database Topics, PHP & GTK,PHP Internals / Extensions, PHP & XML, and others.

Earlybird registration will end on 7th of October. Students and privatepersons get special discounts.

PHPCon 2002

PHPCon 2002 (California, Oct 24-25)

[05-Sept-2002] PHPCon 2002, a2-day technical conference devoted entirely to PHP, announced today thelaunch of the PHPCon 2002 website, online registration, and a call forparticipation.

Early Birdregistration is now open for PHPCon 2002. Strong technical tracks onEnterprise PHP, Application Development, and XML combined with speakersfrom Rackspace, Yahoo!, Macromedia, and MySQL make this the conference amust attend for anyone interested in expanding their PHP knowledge.

Join PHPCon in delivering the PHP message with Birds of a Feather (BoFs)and Works in Process (WiPs) sessions. Submit your BoF and WiP topics online.

An idea who's time has come, don't miss this opportunity to attend theonly conference in the US is placing PHP front and center as the languagefor solving web problems. PHPCon 2002, October 24 & 25, 2002, Millbrae,California.

Printer friendly manual pages with notes

[03-Aug-2002]Starting from today, the manual pages are not only available in theirprinter friendly versions, but also in printer friendly versions withuser notes included. Check the links at the top ofthe manual pages to go to printer friendly manual pages, andchange languages.

ActiveState Awards

[31-Jul-2002] ActiveState is pleased to announcethe winners of the 2002 Active Awards, presented at the O'Reilly Open SourceConference in San Diego, CA. The Active Awards are held annually to honormembers of the PHP, Python, Perl, Tcl, and XSLT communities, whoactively contribute to open languages and display excellence intheir programming efforts. Activators' Choice Award winners were chosen byActiveState's development team. Programmers' Choice Award winners werenominated and chosen by the open source community, the nominees were:Greg Allan; Stig Bakken; Bogomil Shopov; Philippe Thomassigny; andAndrei Zmievski.

The Activators' Choice winners are Derick Rethans and Jani Taskinen.Derick is heavily involved in developing processes for QA and ReleaseManagement, and Jani has been one of the largest contributors to QA andsupport of the Bug database. The Programmers' Choice winner is GregAllen, who was the lead developer and founding member of the PostNukeproject. More details are available at

PHP 4.2.2 released in response to vulnerability

[22-Jul-2002] The PHP Group today announcedthe details of a serious vulnerability inPHP versions 4.2.0 and 4.2.1. A security update, PHP4.2.2, fixes the issue. Everyone running affected versions of PHP isencouraged to upgrade immediately. The new 4.2.2 release doesn't includeother changes, so upgrading from 4.2.1 is safe and painless.

New comp.lang.php newsgroup started

[09-Jul-2002] comp.lang.php was created yesterday,after a two and a half month long process started in April by Ian Fette resulted in a177-11vote in favor of the group. The new group is already carried on most news servers,and should be carried on almost all news servers in the world within the next few days.

The new group is important for a few reasons: Firstly, the old alt.* phpgroups suffered from poor propagation - i.e. not all servers carried them,and the community was split between multiple groups. This new group offers achance to unite the PHP-Usenet community. Secondly, most servers have longerpost-retention times for comp.* than alt.*. Finally, the creation ofcomp.lang.php represents PHP's coming to acceptance and maturity. Virtuallyall languages have a spot under the comp.lang.* hierarchy. Stop on by andbecome a part of the community - comp.lang.php is a great place to get helpand to help others.

Zend Engine 2

Alpha 2 of PHP w/ the Zend Engine 2 Now Available

[30-Jun-2002]The second alpha release of PHP w/ Zend Engine 2 is nowavailable. It is based on the current PHP 4 CVS (4.3.0-dev) and includes the new scripting engine which greatly improves the object model, adds exceptionhandling and provides a much better infrastructure for the integrationof external technologies like Java or .NET. For more details andexamples you can check out the file describingthe changes.

Note: This is an alpha version. It should not be used in productionor even semi-production web sites. There are known bugs in it, and inaddition, some of the features may change (based on feedback). Weencourage you to download and play with it (and report bugs if you find any!),but please don't expect it to replace your copy of PHP 4 at this stage.

Windows binary version is also available.

PHP for NetWare (Beta) Released

[27-May-2002]A Beta version of PHP for NetWare is available on theNovellDeveloper Kit site. This version is based on the4.0.8 (development) version of the PHP source code.


LinuxTag 2002: 6 - 9th June, Karlsruhe, Germany

[23-May-2002] PHP will be attending LinuxTag again this year. The combined efforts of the PHP Verein, the Apache Software Foundation andMySQL AB, will create a "(L)AMP" day, focusing on web development with the 3 coretechnologies. During the day there will be many interestingworkshops, which are free to enter. Make time to visit the (L)AMP booth also, which will be hosting several PHP related projects(text in German).

PHP Coding Contest

[16-May-2002]CodeWalkers have started a new fortnightly PHP contest. Every two weeks, thereis a new problem to solve, a new script to write. The winner will receiveprizes provided by the sponsors, Zend Technologies and Sams Publishing.You can enter the challenge by visiting their site.

PHP 4.2.1 released

[13-May-2002]The PHP Group is happy to announce the immediateavailability of PHP 4.2.1, the latest version of the widely-used,general-purpose scripting language that is especially well-suited forWeb development.

This latest release contains several bug fixes as found in PHP 4.2.0. These includefixes for the session, com and mbstring extensions, as well as a major upgrade of the DomXMLextension. Also a few extra checks for safe_mode were added. For more information, see thePHP 4.2.1 release announcement.

PHP Award

PHP Award 2002

[27-Apr-2002]The Association Fran?aise des Utilisateurs de PHP (AFUP) andthe German PHP Association (PHP Verein) are organizing a PHPcontest to give out the first PHP Award. The PHP Award willbe given in three categories: Open Source, Freeware andCommercial Software, the submission deadline is July, 15th 2002.If you are interested go to A Tourist's Guide

[26-Apr-2002]Damien Seguy has written a tourist's guide to thevarious sites that make up the family of sites. Did you know you canbrowse a hyperlinked version of the PHP source code at View the archives of all of themailing lists at See what elseyou've been missing.

PHP 4.2.0 released

[22-Apr-2002]The PHP Group is happy to announce the immediateavailability of PHP 4.2.0, the latest version of the widely-used,general-purpose scripting language that is especially well-suited for Web development.

This latest release contains over one hundred changes, bug fixes and improvements overthe previous release, PHP 4.1.2. Among the highlights are experimental support for Apache 2,cleanups in variable handling and overhauls of various PHP components, including thedomxml, posix, sockets and iconv extensions. For more information, see thePHP 4.2.0 release announcement.


Fifth sample of 'PHP Manual CHM Edition'

[20-Apr-2002]We released the fifth sample of the new CHM Edition. New inthis sample: user preferences application, a new optionaldesign, custom context menu support, linked functionsin examples, and of course updated content.

Try out the new CHM Edition,and send us your feedback to ourdedicated mailing list.

PHP Magazin

PHP Magazin out now!

[26-Mar-2002]The Software & Support Verlag, based in Frankfurt,Germany, has now published a magazine on PHP as atribute to the steadily growing German PHP community.More information can be found

New URL Howto

[23-Mar-2002]Ever wondered what you can type in your browsers locationfield to access a page? Many of you already know gathered some information about how the URLs are parsed,and what are your possibilities. Read it in our newURL Howto.

PHPDoc Brain

PHP Documentation Team Meeting

[13-Mar-2002]The notesfrom the PHP Documentation Team Meeting (Stuttgart, March8th-10th) are now available.

PHP Security Update - Windows Version

[12-Mar-2002]Following up from the previous annoucement, PHP 4.1.2 has been released forwindows. The delayed release is due to the fix of a further security issue onlyrelating to the PHP for Windows version. More information on this change can befound here. All PHP - Windows users areencouraged to upgrade to the latest version.

PHP Security Update

[27-Feb-2002]Due to a security issue found in all versions of PHP (including 3.x and 4.x), anew version of PHP has been released. Details about the security issue are available here.All users of PHP are strongly encouraged to either upgrade to PHP 4.1.2, or install the patch (available for PHP 3.0.18, 4.0.6 and 4.1.0/4.1.1).

PHP-GTK 0.5.0 released

[24-Jan-2002]PHP-GTK has reached version0.5.0, also known as "monday starts on saturday". The version numberwas bumped from 0.1.1 to this one to indicate that PHP-GTK is now a fairlymature and stable extension and can be used for a variety of applications(just look on Freshmeat).

Also taking this opportunity, we would like to ask if some of you wouldconsider helping out with PHP-GTK documentation. It would be a great way tolearn this exciting extension and also contribute to the project.

International PHP Conference 2001

International PHP Conference slides available

[10-Jan-2002]You can find an overview of all slides of the sessions from theInternational PHP Conference 2001 on theconference slides page. It is still not too late to check out some photos from the conference:

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