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In Case You Missed It...The Week of July 25, 2005

by: Elizabeth Naramore
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July 26, 2005

Welcome back to another installment of ICYMI! This week we saw:

Get Your MySQL Patched

Secunia reports a vulnerability in MySQL (thanks to zlib) and you are encouraged to download the latest version if you haven't already (version 4.1.13 to be exact). Besides the security patch, you will be fixing a whole host of bugs (a complete list of which can be found here: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/mysql/en/news-4-1-13.html). To download, go to: http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/4.1.html, or to read the advisory from Secunia, visit their site: http://secunia.com/advisories/16170/.

Aspirin for AOL Headaches

Thanks to Ilia Alshanetsky, we have a little more insight as to how AOL/IE browsers handle headers. If you've been having problems with packages you've developed, take a gander at Ilia's saga and the ultimate resolution. Hint: it's in the proxy-revalidate! Check out his blog post at http://ilia.ws/archives/59-AOL-Browser-Woes.html#extended.

BeebleX PHP Search Engine Released

Marco Tabini of php|architect has released his own version of a PHP search engine, called BeebleX (available at http://beeblex.com). It consists of PHP-related sites, and shows promising results. Read about the development process at Marco's blog: http://blogs.phparch.com/mt/index.php or just go directly to BeebleX and try it out for yourself.

Cox Blogs About Vanilla

No, it's not his favorite flavor (well maybe it is, I don't know), but in this case, "Vanilla" refers to his latest release of the innovative PHP Forum with the very same name. This forum is unlike the others out there, and certainly deserves a look-see. You can download this forum at http://getvanilla.com/ or read John's blog at http://wyome.com/index.php?ptid=10&aid=389&module=articles&func=display.

Learn About Design Patterns in PHP

php|architect has finally released their new design patterns book, appropriately titled php|architect's Guide to PHP Design Patterns. Written by Jason Sweat, and reviewed by Marcus Baker, you know it's going to be good. It costs $42.89 CAD ($32.99 USD or € 27.39) and you can purchase it directly from php|a at http://www.phparch.com/shop_product.php?itemid=96.

Pro-PHP Roundtable Discussion

If you've got an extra 30 minutes with some iPod access, why not download and listen to Pro-PHP.com's latest podcast? Chris Cornutt hosts a roundtable discussion with Chris Shiflett, Aaron Wormus and Ben Ramsey, and they discuss issues such as the XML-RPC bug (Ben gives a link to a complete list of affected apps, thanks Ben!), why phpBB is akin to Microsoft, whether or not developers have the right to poke around apps they are using for potential vulnerabilities, and how robots.txt can be used against you. As always, a fascinating listen. Download it at http://www.pro-php.com/.

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:
  • HTML_QuickForm_advmultiselect 0.5.0 - Element for HTML_QuickForm that emulate a multi-select
  • File_Bittorrent 1.0.0RC2 - Decode and Encode data in Bittorrent format
  • Services_Webservice 0.4.0 - Creates webservices
  • PHPUnit2 2.3.0beta4 - Regression testing framework for unit tests.
  • HTML_Template_Flexy 1.2.2 - An extremely powerful Tokenizer driven Template engine
  • Validate_Finance_CreditCard 0.5.1 - Validation class for Credit Cards
  • LiveUser_Admin 0.3.1 - User authentication and permission management framework (admin)
  • LiveUser 0.16.2 - User authentication and permission management framework

And for PECL, we had:

  • APC - Alternative PHP Cache
  • Bitset - BITSET library
  • colorer - Syntax highlighting
  • pecl_http - Extended HTTP support
  • POP3 - POP3 Client Library
  • sdo - Service Data Objects (SDOs) for PHP

As always, you can download or learn more about these packages at http://pear.php.net/ and http://pecl.php.net/.

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

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