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In Case You Missed It...The Week of January 9, 2006

by: Elizabeth Naramore
January 9, 2006

MySQL Users Conference Announced

April 24-27, 2006 has been set aside for this year's MySQL Users Conference, to be held in Santa Clara, California. If you're a MySQL user, the 75 sessions will surely offer something for you. PHP-related speakers include Rasmus Lerdorf, and George Schlossnagle, Arjen Lentz, Michael Radwin, and Laura Thomson. For more info, visit the official conference site:

Free PHPMyAdmin Webcast

php|architect is sponsoring another free webcast in their php|symphony series, entitled "Make the most of MySQL with phpMyAdmin" hosted by Marc Delisle, one of the lead developers of this essential tool. This webcast will take place on February 3rd, 2006 at 1PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5:00). To sign up, go to:

PEAR 1.4.6 Released

If your'e a PEAR user, you'll want to make sure you're running the latest and greatest PEAR release, available at This is mainly a bug fix, but very important, as stressed by Greg Beaver in his recent blog post (

PHP 5.1.2RC2 Released

Ilia Alshanetsky lets us know that the final RC for the latest version of PHP 5.1.2 has been released, and he is encouraging anyone and everyone to test it prior to the scheduled final release date of January 12. You can visit Ilia's blog for the download links and keys at!.html

Past and Future for PHP

Many PHP developers have written their own opinions on where PHP has been and where it might be going. A few of the more interesting ones include:

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
  • GDChart - GDChart Based Graphing Interface
  • ncurses - Terminal screen handling and optimization package
  • odbtp - ODBTP client functions
  • pecl_http - Extended HTTP Support
  • yaz - Z39.50 client for PHP
As always, you can download or learn more about these packages at and

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

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