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In Case You Missed It... The Week of May 16, 2005

by: Elizabeth Naramore
May 17, 2005

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

php|tropics Wrap-Up

Yet another fabulous PHP Conference that I was unable to attend has wrapped up, and you can get all the scoop from the speakers:

Free T-shirt from Zend

According to a blog post from John Coggleshall earlier in the week, Zend is giving away free t-shirts for evaluating the Zend Platform and filling out a survey. While there is nothing on the Zend site confirming this, you can read John's blog entry here:

Another Bug Fix for phpBB

If you haven't upgraded to 2.0.14 yet, don't worry. There is now a 2.0.15 that includes one more bug fix. If you have already upgraded, you can make the quick change yourself. Details can be found at

PHP Advanced Transfer Manager Security Alert

If you're using this software, you should be aware of a recent alert from Secunia. A highly critical bug, which is yet unpatched, exists, preying on unvalidated file types. For more information, read the advisory from Secunia at

WordPress v. 1.5.1 Released

Developers of WordPress have announced the release of the latest in this popular blog software: version 1.5.1 is available for immediate download. Upgrades include bug fixes and a major security fix, as well as new API hooks and functionality. To read more about what's new, go to

George Schlossnagle Shows us WSDL from a PHP5 Class

There was an interesting blog entry from George Schlossnagle, which gives us a sneak peek to WSDL_Gen. This is basically a PHP5 class that generates WSDL (Web Services Description Language). Read more about this and download the class (still in Alpha state) at or WSDL at

Open Source Event's PHP Security Conference Announced

This one-day fun-filled seminar touts some big names in PHP and Open Source Security: Bruce Perens, Chris Shiflett, Christian Wenz, Tom Robinson, and Chris Hubbard. Cost is $150, it will be held on June 11, 2005, and you can register or read more about it by going to

O'Reilly Announces the First Annual EuroOSCON

This conference will be held on October 17-20, 2005 in Amsterdam. If you think you know your stuff, the CFP comes with a May 23rd deadline. For more info, go to (I wonder if they know that Zend's conference is October 18-21... interesting).

PEAR/PECL releases

Latest PEAR releases include:
  • Console_Getargs - A command-line arguments parser
  • Crypt_RSA - Provides RSA-like key generation, encryption/decryption, signing and signature checking
  • HTML_Progress - How to include a loading bar in your XHTML documents quickly and easily.
  • Mail_IMAPv2 - Provides a c-client backend for webmail.
  • Net_NNTP - Implementation of the NNTP protocol
  • PEAR_PackageFileManager_GUI_Gtk - A PHP-GTK frontend for the PEAR_PackageFileManager class.
  • PHPUnit - Regression testing framework for unit tests.
  • PHP_Compat - Provides missing functionality for older versions of PHP
  • XML_RPC - PHP implementation of the XML-RPC protocol

And at PECL were:

  • big_int - big_int library provides a set of functions for calculations with arbitrary length integers and bitsets
  • Xdebug - Provides functions for function traces and profiling
  • xdiff - File differences/patches.

As always, you can download or learn more about these packages at and

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

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