News Archive - 2004

Here are the most important news items we have published in 2004 on PHP.net.


A Note on Security in PHP

[31-Dec-2004]The PHP Development Team has issued an importantstatement that deals with the security of PHP, and of PHP-based applications.The trigger for releasing this statement was the growing misconception in the PHPcommunity regarding recent security problems, which exploited bugsin PHP applications, rather than bugs in PHP itself. It's a recommended readfor anybody using PHP.


Function list suggestions available

[27-Dec-2004]Surely, some of our visitors are back at work for a few days betweenholidays, and hopefully they will find our post-christmas gift useful.The function list suggestions we started to test a year ago seemed tobe working better as some bugs were found and fixed, so it was time tomake the result available on all php.net pages.

Whenever you type something into the search field, while having thefunction list search option selected, you will get a list of suggestedfunctions starting with the letters you typed in. You can browse the listwith the up/down keys, and you will be able to autocomplete the functionname with the spacebar.

If you are not interested in this feature, you can turn itoff for yourself on the My PHP.net page.More information about is available onthe search page.


PHP 4.3.10 & 5.0.3 released!

[15-Dec-2004]The PHP Development Team would like to announce the immediate release of PHP 4.3.10 and PHP 5.0.3. These are maintenance releases that in addition to non-critical bug fixes address several very serious security issues. All Users of PHP are strongly encouraged to upgrade to one of these releases as soon as possible.

For changes since PHP 4.3.9, please consult thePHP 4 ChangeLog.For changes since PHP 5.0.2, please consult thePHP 5 ChangeLog.


Second Bulgarian PHP Conference

[15-Dec-2004]The second Web Technology conference in Bulgaria will be held in March 2005at the city of Sofia. Within its framework, the SecondBulgarian PHP Conference and first IT Business conference will be held.The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the new tendencies in this directionand to popularize the internet technologies in the spheres of business,education, and services. The range of subjects includes technologies likePHP, Perl, business systems through web, education through the internet, andothers.


International PHP Conference 2005 - Spring Edition (Amsterdam, May 2-4)

[15-Dec-2004]The PHP Center and the Software & Support Verlag are pleasedto announce the InternationalPHP Conference 2005 Spring Edition in Amsterdam, Netherlands.The dates for this event will be May 2-4, 2005. The conference venueis the RAI conference center.

The topics are General PHP, PHP & Business/Integration,PHP & Databases, PHP Design, PHP Extensions, PHP & XMLand PHP-GTK.


No Software Patents

MySQL, RedHat and other partners started a new campaign against software patents

[01-Nov-2004]In order to boost more awareness of the pending software patent issues in theEuropean Union—MySQL, ISP 1&1, RedHat and other partners starteda new portal "http://nosoftwarepatents.com".The site is available in 10 different european languages and explains whysoftware patents are bad, and how they might affect you. In order to learnmore, or participate in events against software patents, have a look at thevery informative website.


Zend Technologies

Zend's PHP 5 Coding Contest winners announced

[25-Oct-2004]Congratulations to Qiang Xue, whose application'PRADO' earned high votes bothfrom the public and from the judges' panel!There are 49 other prizewinning applications in Zend'scontest gallery– too many to list here. Some of them are ongoing projects, bringingPHP 5 a small armoury of useful open source tools.

The top 50 applications will remain on display until the end ofthis year, giving you the chance to take a leisurely look throughthe code and see how the new features in PHP 5 should be used.


PHP Québec

PHP before Canadian government, in Ottawa, October 19th and 20th, 2004

[12-Oct-2004]PHP Québec, the profesional associationof PHP users in Québec, will be part of the GTEC exhibition, in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday October 19th and Wednesday October 20th. PHP Québec will present PHP'sfeatures, its capabilities for e-government and its support services in Canada. Come and meet us on the floor, booth 1610C.


Forum PHP

Forum PHP in Paris, November 18 & 19, 2004

[28-Sep-2004]The French AFUP associationis proud to announce the fourth annual PHP meeting in Paris,on November 18th and 19th, 2004. Developers and managers willgather to meet Zeev Suraski, Rasmus Lerdorf and other prominent community expertsfor two days of sessions, packed withenterprise solutions and advanced techniques(in French).


PHP 5

PHP 5.0.2 released!

[23-Sep-2004]The PHP Development Team is proud to announce the immediate release of PHP 5.0.2.This is a maintenance release that in addition to many non-critical bug fixes, addresses a problemwith GPC input processing. All Users of PHP 5 are encouraged to upgrade to this release as soon as possible.

For changes since PHP 5.0.1, please consult theChangeLog.


PHP 4

PHP 4.3.9 released!

[22-Sep-2004]The PHP Development Team is proud to announce the immediate release of PHP 4.3.9.This is a maintenance release that in addition to over 50 non-critical bug fixes, addresses a problemwith GPC input processing. This release also re-introduces ability to writeGIF images via the bundled GD extension.All Users of PHP are encouraged to upgrade to this release as soon as possible.

For changes since PHP 4.3.8, please consult theChangeLog.


MySQL

MySQL ComCon Europe

[06-Sep-2004]The MySQL ComCon Europe 2004 brings together the vigor and excitement of acommunity event with the structure of MySQL mission-critical business event.The conference will take place in Frankfurt from November 9th to 10th and willhave a day of pre-conference power workshops on the 8th. Sessions on diversetopics such as "Performance Tuning J2EE Applications deployed on MySQL", "PHP5 and MySQL 4.1/5.0" and a two-part introduction to MySQL Cluster will bepresented by MySQL core developers, expert trainers and MySQL communityleaders. For more details on the event, please visithttp://mysqlcomconeurope.com/.


OSCOM.4 with Apache Track

[14-Aug-2004]OSCOM, the international association for Open Source Content Managementis arranging the FourthOpen Source Content Management Conference from 29th September to 1stOctober in Zürich. This fall, the event features Apache Software Foundationprojects, and PHP, so you have a chance to meet some prominentfigures of the PHP scene there. OSCOM.4 is a place for developers,vendors, integrators and users to mingle and learn from each other. Registration isnow open!


New Installation Instructions

[14-Aug-2004]The latest online version of the PHP Manual contains a completely reorganizedInstallation and Configuration part, which is nowdivided into sections for individual platforms and servers to ease your firststeps with PHP. The Windows installation instructions are completelyrevised, and now suggest you to set environment variables instead of moving files. This way upgrades and configuration changes become easier.


PHP 5

PHP 5.0.1 Released!

[12-Aug-2004]The PHP Development Team would like to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.0.1.This is a maintenance release that in addition to many non-critical bug fixes also includes new UNIX andWindows installation docs which are now auto-generated from the PHP Manual.

For changes since PHP 5.0.0, please consult theChangeLog.


PHP Tunisie Magazine

[02-Aug-2004]PHP Tunisie has just released the second issue of its monthly french PHP Magazine. In this issue you'll finda large plan on PostgreSQL, Databases abstractions with PHP, your minitemplate engine, an article on images generation with PHP, the migrationtowards PHP5 with EasyPHP1.7... And many other articles and latests PHP news.

PHP Tunisie Magazine is edited by the Tunisian PHP Users Group.


PHP 5

PHP 5.0.0 Released!

[13-Jul-2004]The PHP team is proud to announce the final release of PHP 5!

Some of the key features of PHP 5 include:

  • The Zend Engine IIwith a new object model and dozens of new features.
  • XML support has been completely redone in PHP 5, all extensions are nowfocused around the excellent libxml2 library(http://www.xmlsoft.org/).
  • A new SimpleXML extension for easily accessing and manipulating XML asPHP objects. It can also interface with the DOM extension and vice-versa.
  • A brand new built-in SOAP extension for interoperability with Web Services.
  • A new MySQL extension named MySQLi for developers using MySQL 4.1 and later.This new extension includes an object-oriented interface in addition toa traditional interface; as well as support for many of MySQL's new features,such as prepared statements.
  • SQLite has been bundled with PHP. For more information on SQLite,please visit their website.
  • Streams have been greatly improved, including the ability to accesslow-level socket operations on streams.
  • And lots more...

For changes since Release Candidate 3, please consult theChangeLog.


PHP 4

PHP 4.3.8 released!

[13-Jul-2004]PHP Development Team would like to announce the immediate availability of PHP 4.3.8.This release is made in response to several security issues that have been discovered since the4.3.7 release. All users of PHP are strongly encouraged to upgrade to PHP 4.3.8 as soon as possible.


International PHP Conference 2004

[18-Jun-2004]The traditional International PHP Conference 2004 will be takingplace from 7th November to 10th November in Frankfurt (FFM). TheCall for Papers has been issued, so if you have an interestingtalk, the organizers would love to hear about it! You can expecta gathering of PHP experts and core developers.

You can find the CfP onthe website. The deadline is 16th July, 2004.

The conference is also featuring an OpenSource Exhibitionwhere PHP related OpenSource projects can present themselves for free.


php|works

php|works - early-bird discount now in effect

[16-Jun-2004]php|architect magazine is proud tointroduce php|works 2004, athree-day conference on PHP and the business of open-source software thatwill be held in Toronto, Canada, September 22-24 2004.

The conference includes a total of over 30 hours of technical andbusiness-oriented presentations that range from Rasmus Lerdorf's "BestPractices for PHP Developers" to "Getting your OSS Business Funded",presented by venture capital specialist Christian Mayaud. Other sessionsinclude practical talks on PHP 5, regular expressions, multilingualdevelopment, PDO, XML and OOP. The business track includes sessions on theuse of PHP in the legal, financial and healthcare industry, growing yourbusiness with OSS, the status of the PHP market and much, much more!

As an added bonus, attendees who sign up before July 20th areeligible for up to $100 in early-bird savings.

For more information, visit the php|works website.


Lamp Area

LAMP area at LinuxTag 2004 in Karlsruhe, Germany

[14-Jun-2004]The LAMP area will highlight the use of Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP astechnologies for enterprise applications at LinuxTag 2004 in Karlsruhe, Germany from June 23to 26. The companies that are presenting in the speakers area of the 150square meters booth are: 100days, eZ systems, Mayflower, MySQLand Zend.

Besides presentations from the above companies the LAMP area also presentsover 40 sessions by Apache-, MySQL- and PHP-developers, such as Rasmus Lerdorf,Ken Coar and Brian Aker. Entrance to LinuxTag is free if youpre-register.For more information see the LAMP Areawebsite.


PHP 5

PHP 5 Release Candidate 3 Released!

[8-Jun-2004]The third (and hopefully final) Release Candidateof PHP 5 is now available! This mostly bug fix release improves PHP 5'sstability and irons out some of the remaining issues before PHP 5 can bedeemed release quality. Everyone is now encouraged to start playing with it!

There are few changes changes since Release Candidate 2, which can be foundhere.


Zend Technologies

Zend's PHP 5 Coding Contest

[06-Jun-2004]Zend'sPHP 5 Coding Contest is underway and accepting submissions. This is every developer's chance to flaunt their PHP 5 skillsand let their application shine!

Applications will be rated both by your peers and by a panel ofjudges assembled from among the most known and well-respectednames in the PHP community.

Lots of prizesare available!


PHP 5

PHP 5 Release Candidate 2 Released!

[25-Apr-2004]The second Release Candidate of PHP 5 is nowavailable! This mostly bug fix release improves PHP 5's stability and irons outsome of the remaining issues before PHP 5 can be deemed release quality. Notethat it is still not recommended for mission-critical use but people areencouraged to start playing with it and report any problems.

Key changes since Release Candidate 1 include:

  • The Zend Engine I compatibility mode (zend.ze1_compatibility_mode) has beenre-implemented to more accurately support PHP 4's object auto-clone behavior.
  • All object-oriented extensions except for MySQLi have moved to studlyCaps.This includes SQLite, SOAP, Reflection API, Ming and others.
  • Implementing an interfaces and/or abstract method with the wrong prototype isnow a fatal error. For backwards compatibility, re-implementing regular methodswith the wrong prototype will only result in an E_STRICT warning.
  • Features as described in the Release Candidate 1release announcement
  • And lots more...

For changes since Release Candidate 1, please consult theChangeLog.


Second PHP Marathon announced

[06-Apr-2004]DotGeek.org is proud to announce the secondPHP Programming Marathon to be held on the 24 April 2004. Instead of receiving theproblems and composing your solutions offline, it all takes place online and withina specific timeframe. The Marathon is kindly sponsored by Zend Technologies and willnow feature a problem on PHP 5. Participation is free of charge.


PHP 5

PHP 5 Release Candidate 1 Released!

[18-Mar-2004]The first Release Candidate of PHP 5 is finallyhere! The move from Beta stage to RC stage means that PHP 5 is now featurecomplete, and is quite stable - stable enough for everyone to start playingwith. Note that it is still not recommended for mission-criticaluse.

Some of the key features of PHP 5 include:

  • The Zend Engine IIwith a new object model and dozens of new features.
  • XML support has been completely redone in PHP 5, all extensions are nowfocused around the excellent libxml2 library(http://www.xmlsoft.org/).
  • A new MySQL extension named MySQLi for developers using MySQL 4.1 and later.This new extension includes an object-oriented interface in addition toa traditional interface; as well as support for many of MySQL's new features,such as prepared statements.
  • SQLite has been bundled with PHP. For more information on SQLite,please visit their website.
  • A brand new built-in SOAP extension for interoperability with Web Services.
  • A new SimpleXML extension for easily accessing and manipulating XML asPHP objects. It can also interface with the DOM extension and vice-versa.
  • Streams have been greatly improved, including the ability to accesslow-level socket operations on streams.
  • And lots more...

For changes since Beta 4, please consult theChangeLog.


Spanish PHP Mailing List Now at PHP.net

[29-Feb-2004]The Spanish PHP mailing list was relocated to our list server.If you would like to subscribe to the list, you can do it via ourmailing lists page. To readthe archives, please see ournews server.


International PHP Conference 2004 - Spring Edition

International PHP Conference 2004 Amsterdam: Timetable and Open Source PHP projects

[27-Feb-2004]Having the CfP over now, the organizers of theInternational PHP Conference2004 Spring Edition Amsterdam have published thesessionand workshop timetable. The Conference features 32 sessions and twopower workshops. It will happen again at theRAI Conference Centre, Amsterdam.

Open Source PHP projects can present themselves, like inthe last years, for free on the Conference at the exhibition area betweenthe commercial exhibitors. Take your chance and contactFrank Stepan fromSoftware & Support.


Conference PHP Quebec

Conférence PHP Québec 2004 - (Montréal, March 25&26rst, 2004)

[11-Feb-2004]The PHP Québec Association announces the Conference PHP Québec 2004.The conference features 20 sessions over 2 days, in English and French.3 tracks : PHP advanced technics, PHP professionnal and Open Source technologies.It will take place downtown Montréal, Québec, Canada.

We are currently offering early bird prices.Students and Small Businesses are eligible for reduced prices.Buy your tickets early to get rebates and discount with the DVD!

Learn more about those exciting days at conf.phpquebec.com.


PHP and Web Standards Conference - UK 2004

PaWS Tickets Now On Sale!

[05-Feb-2004]The PaWS Group is proud to announce thattickets are now available for the first PHP and Web Standards Conference. We areoffering Weekend tickets (Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd only) as well as Conferencetickets (Friday 20th - Tuesday 24th) for the entire length of the event. Additionally, we also have Daily tickets available for each day of the conference.Tickets will also be available on the door for those that simply want to drop in.

For ticket and accommodation Prices, look over our pricing guide for more information.Purchase your tickets today for thisone of a kind conference!

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