The long awaited release of PHP 5 is here! This should be an exciting update to the PHP engine as there is better integration for XML and also a slew of updated methods. The following is taken from the front page of

Some of the key features of PHP 5 include:

  • The Zend Engine II
    with a new object model and dozens of new features.
  • XML support has been completely redone in PHP 5, all extensions are now
    focused around the excellent libxml2 library
  • A new SimpleXML extension for easily accessing and manipulating XML as
    PHP 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 to
    a 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 access
    low-level socket operations on streams.
  • And lots more…

For changes since Release Candidate 3, please consult the

For those of you adventurous enough to try it out, you can download it here. Hmm… now I just need to figure out how to use all the new good stuff in PHP 5. That, and I hope that when/if my host upgrades to PHP 5 that it doesn’t break my site.

2 thoughts on “PHP 5”

  1. dammit, bigger numbers means more to learn. man, i can already feel myself slipping behind. before we had people who “didn’t know how to program the vcr” but now we have people who “dont know how to write in php5.”

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