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In Case You Missed It...The Week of September 12, 2005

by: Elizabeth Naramore
September 14, 2005

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

PHP 5.0.5 Released

Although this is a relatively minor release, it does address some security bugs with XMLRPC among others, and all users are encouraged to upgrade. To download, go to and to see the full list of changes, go to

php|architect Helps Katrina Victims

What can we say about Marco and his crew at php|architect except "you rock!" They have graciously agreed to donate all profits from the sale of their PHP Pocket Reference Book to the Canadian Red Cross' Katrina Relief Fund to assist those stricken by Hurricane Katrina. Marco blogs about how you can also help by putting a link on your site::, or else you can purchase one of these handy reference guides at You guys are definitely one class act, and your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Netcraft Posts PHP Usage Stats

The numbers are out for September, and PHP is still kicking it. From the site: PHP: 22,167,075 Domains, 1,283,102 IP Addresses
Source: Netcraft. To all the PHP developers and contributors, keep up the good work!

phpMyAdmin 2.6.4 Released

No surprise, but now it's official. To download your copy, go to and to see the full list of changes and additions (with some cool new features) go to

2 New PHP Security Books Coming Soon

Chris Shiflett announced the completion of his PHP security book, Essential PHP Security, published through O'Reilly (available at Amazon or through O'Reilly's site at Ilia Alshanetsky also announced the availability of the php|architect's PHP Guide to Security (available at Amazon or through php|architect at

Lukas Smith Blogs about the future of PEAR/PECL

In a very interesting blog entry, Lukas Smith talks about his opinions on PEAR and PECL. He discusses his thoughts on what's good and bad for both; where improvement could be made, and why they both have been so successful. He is also looking for your comments so if this is something you feel strongly about or would like to comment on, load 'em up at

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:
  • Image_Color 1.0.2 - Manage and handles color data and conversions.
  • Text_Wiki 1.0.1 - Abstracts parsing and rendering rules for any markup as Wiki or BBCode in structured plain text.
  • PEAR 1.4.0b2
  • HTML_Table_Matrix 1.0.8 - Autofill a table with data
  • PHPUnit - Regression testing framework for unit tests.
  • PHPUnit2 2.3.0beta5 - Regression testing framework for unit tests.
  • XML_RPC 1.4.1 - PHP implementation of the XML-RPC protocol
  • HTML_Common 1.2.2 - base class for other HTML classes
  • File 1.2.2 - Common file and directory routines
  • CodeGen_MySQL_UDF 0.9.2dev - Tool to generate MySQL UDF extensions from an XML description

And for PECL, we had:

  • crack - "Good Password" Checking Utility: Keep your users' passwords reasonably safe from dictionary based attacks
  • DTrace - A Solaris Dtrace provider
  • lchash - LibC Hash Interface
  • oci8 - OCI8 functions
  • PDO - PHP Data Objects Interface
  • PDO_DBLIB - FreeTDS/Sybase/MSSQL driver for PDO
  • PDO_MYSQL - Mysql 3.x/4.0 driver for PDO
  • PDO_OCI - Oracle Call Interface driver for PDO
  • PDO_PGSQL - PostgreSQL driver for PDO
  • PDO_SQLITE - SQLite v3 Interface driver for PDO
  • pecl_http - Extended HTTP support

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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