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In Case You Missed It... The Week of May 2, 2005

by: Elizabeth Naramore
May 3, 2005

Let's see what's been happening the past week:

RedHat update for PHP vulnerabilities

Secunia is reporting a highly critical advisory exposing PHP vulnerabilities (among others) in RedHat, and users of this system are encouraged to get the patch (if you haven't already). For more information, you can go to or the Red Hat Network (

New PHP5 book available

There is a new O'Reilly book available, entitled "Programming PHP" by Kevin Tatroe (okay, it's really the second edition-- an update of the first.). For more information or to purchase this book, check Amazon.

PEAR/PECL releases:

The following PEAR packages were added the past week:
  • Cache: Framework for caching of arbitrary data.
  • Crypt_Blowfish: Allows for quick two-way blowfish encryption without requiring the Mcrypt PHP extension.
  • DB_DataObject_FormBuilder: Class to automatically build HTML_QuickForm objects from a DB_DataObject-derived class
  • MDB2: database abstraction layer
  • MDB2_Schema: XML based database schema manager
  • Net_GeoIP: Library to perform geo-location lookups of IP addresses.
  • Services_Technorati: A class for interacting with the Technorati API
And check out these recent PECL releases:
  • archive: archive extension
  • colorer: Syntax highlighting
  • mqseries: mqseries client library
  • runkit: allows you to replace, rename, and remove user defined functions and classes, define customized superglobal variables for general purpose use, and execute code in restricted environment (sandboxing).
  • xmlReader: Provides fast, non-cached, forward-only access to XML data under PHP 5. 
For more information and to download these packages, go to or

PHPEdit version 1.2 released

With full support for PHP5, this latest release of PHPEdit should be on your list of downloads, if you're a Windows person that is. Full version can be downloaded at

New magazine outlines PHP security flaws

A new security magazine made it's debut this week, called (IN)SECURE. It's available only in downloadable PDF format for now, but their kick-off issue has an article related to PHP security flaws. Most of them you probably already know about (such as vulerabilities with register_globals) but you might want to check it out just in case. It's available at What the heck, it's free.

IPC2k5 Blog available next week

If you were hoping to go to Amsterdam this week for the International PHP Conference, but couldn't manage to make it, don't fret. There is a community blog site you can visit, making it seem like you were almost there. Keep track of the daily goings-on by visiting

PHP Cheat Sheet - Sweet!

There is a great cheat sheet available for any PHP developer, that includes a function list, date formatting, superglobals, regular expression syntax, PCRE modifiers, function against argument modifiers, and fopen() modes... all this crammed on a regular sheet of paper. It's available at (don't ask - just go there).

PHP-GTK 2 is advancing, but needs your help

If you are interested in helping develop or test the PHP-GTK 2 project, read Andrei's post at and join the php-gtk-dev mailing list. You can also read about PHP-GTK 2 by visiting

PHP moves up to #5 in the TIOBE Programming Community Index

The TIOBE rankings are out for May, with PHP moving up to #5 in popularity, ahead of Visual Basic, Python, SQL, C#, Javascript, and others. Want to see how they come up with the rankings? Go to and get the scoop.

See you next week with more news and tidbits from the PHP world!

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