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In Case You Missed It...The Week of June 20, 2005

by: Elizabeth Naramore
June 21, 2005

This week we saw:

XAMPP Catches Up with the Times and Plugs some Holes

You can now install updated versions of XAMPP for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. This popular installer is now offering Apache version 2.0.54, MySQL version 4.1.12, and PHP version 5.0.3 (among other packages installed for you with this software). Incidentally, this release also patches a recently reported Secunia security advisory, which can be seen here: You can download these packages by visiting the Apache Friends site: (Is it me or does that chick look exactly like Ozzy Osbourne? Sorry- back to the news). is Born

The good folks at have launched a new site designed to act as a database of PHP coders and their location/skills/employment status, etc. which will enable companies to find coders by location, as well as connect PHPers with other local PHPers. Looks like the site is still a work in progress, but it is up and running if you want to sign up. To do so, go to

More Info About International PHP Conference Now Available

There is now a little more info available on the International PHP Conference to be held November 6-9, 2005. No session information is available, but pricing and location information is there, and registration is functional through the site. Early bird discount applies to registrations until October 30, so you still have plenty of time to make your travel plans for Frankfurt. You can visit the site by going to,id,331,nodeid,331,_language,uk.html.

Yahoo! Gives WordPress a Helping Hand

Jeremy Zawodny lets us know exactly how he helped out WordPress Lead Developer Matt Mullenweg, in a recent blog post. (Hint: it rhymes with birch.) See WordPress's newest function at: or read Jeremy's blog entry at

June Issue of php|architect Now Available

This issue of php|architect contains articles entitled "An OO Layered Approach To Web Apps", "References in PHP - An In-Depth Look", " Homo Xapian - The Search For a Better SearchÂ… Engine", "Test Pattern: The Construction Industry", and " Tips & Tricks: CAPTCHA That Form Before It Gets Away!". For more info on where to get your grubby hands on a copy, or to get a sample article, simply go to

A PHP Foundation?

Robert Peake states his case in favor of a PHP Foundation (similar to the Perl Foundation) in a recent blog post. He thinks its about time there was a true non-profit organization created to help keep PHP in the forefront and preserve its legitimacy as a programming language. (Amen to that, Robert). To comment on his idea, or read more about what he has to say on the matter, go to his blog post:

PEAR/PECL releases

I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't include what's new at PEAR and PECL. Recent PEAR releases include:
  • Cache_Lite - Fast and Safe little cache system
  • DB_DataObject_FormBuilder - Class to automatically build HTML_QuickForm objects from a DB_DataObject-derived class
  • File_Bittorrent - Decode and Encode data in Bittorrent format
  • PHP_Beautifier - Beautifier for PHP
  • PHP_Compat - Provides missing functionality for older versions of PHP
  • Text_CAPTCHA - Generation of CAPTCHA images
  • XML_RPC - PHP implementation of the XML-RPC protocol

And at PECL:

  • pecl_http - Extended HTTP support
  • yaz - a Z39.50 client for PHP

And at PECL:

  • pecl_http - Extended HTTP support
  • yaz - a Z39.50 client for PHP

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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