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

by: Elizabeth Naramore
December 12, 2005

Migrating from PHP4 to PHP5.1

John Lim has posted a helpful blog post at with some tips and pointers on migrating from PHP4 to PHP5.1, and sheds light on some of the problems he personally encountered. If you're having this problem you might want to check it out. API Website Launched

Chris Cornutt lets us know on his blog ( that he has launched a new site promoting the development and discussion of API usage industry-wide. From his post, "OpenEverything is a new blog that I'm starting up as a place for discussion of APIs, notifications about new features companies are offering or just new APIs in general. My vision for it is not so much a place to come to get technical help as it is to discuss the concepts and difficulties that come with the “information freedom” web services offer." So go contribute to today! Launched

Chris Shiflett has launched the companion site to his book, Essential PHP Security, which is The site hasthe table of contents, the errata, some reviews, and the code repository.

GoogleMap API Library for Smarty Available

A post on the Smarty site ( announces that there is a GoogleMap API library now available for easy integration into the Smarty templating system-- it is available for your perusal at

SourceForge OnDemand Launched

This new service from Sourceforge offers private workspace hosted by them. It costs $50 a month and the "preconfigured private project workspace includes collaborative software development tools — including a central repository for managing development assets, Subversion software change management support , collaboration features , project tools , process & controls , reporting and project dashboard , and interoperability with enterprise applications and systems." They are also offering a free trial, so if this is something you think would benefit you- check it out at

PEAR:HTML_AJAX Users Listen Up!

Joshua Eichorn is looking for success stories with this PEAR package so if you're doing something really cool with it, then give him a shout over at his blog. You can read his full blog post and respond at

Patch Your phpMyAdmin

A couple of new security alerts citing vulnerabilities in the latest version of phpMyAdmin has prompted the release of 2.7.0-pl1, and you are highly encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible. Get the scoop at

PEAR/PECL Usage Stats Available

Greg Beaver shows us some interesting stats he's been keeping- the adoption rate of PEAR and PECL versions compared with the versions of PHP people are running. If you'd like to read about the amazing adoption rate and see the stats for yourself, you can go to Greg's blog post 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:

And for PECL, we had:

    Fileinfo libmagic bindings
    hash pHASH Message Digest Framework
    ps An extension to create PostScript files
    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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