For another toy from Rasmus Lerdorf, check out his Flickr API wrapper at http://toys.lerdorf.com/archives/34-Flickr-API-Fun.html. You can also see an interesting discussion of the use of require/include_once versus require/include if you read through the comments threads. Good stuff!
Joomla is Born
The developers formerly known as "Mambo Developers" have spawned their own offspring in answer to recent disagreements. The new "baby Joomla" can be seen (and downloaded) at http://www.joomla.org/. For those unfamiliar with the saga, this newest addition to the CMS world is basically a spin-off of Mambo.
Davey Shafik on Pro-PHP
This latest episode of Pro-PHP includes an interview with Davey Shafik. From the site: "A great conversation with Davey Shafik, author of the Cerebral Cortex PHP 5 Framework and big time PEAR contributor. Davey shares his history in PHP, his love of PHP 5 and why Cerebral Cortex is the framework you shoul use and contribute to." To download, go to http://www.pro-php.com/index.php?id=17. If you're having trouble downloading it from the source, as has been intermittently reported, you can also go to Davey's blog at http://pixelated-dreams.com/archives/165-Wheee!!.html.
Zend Core for Oracle (beta) Released
Attention die hard PHP/Oracle fans; soon your lives will be much easier. Although it's still in beta, it looks quite promising. From the Zend press release: "The production version of Zend Core for Oracle, available later this year, will deliver a fully tested and supported environment that provides tight integration between Oracle® Database and Zend's supported PHP environment. It enables developers to get up and running in minutes with PHP, the popular open source Web development language, using an Oracle infrastructure. Zend Core for Oracle also delivers an updated PHP "OCI8" driver, providing enhanced reliability, stability and performance for Oracle Database-driven Web applications." For more info you can visit the full press release here: http://zend.com/news/zendpr.php?id=105.
I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't include what's new at PEAR and PECL. Recent PEAR releases include:
PHP_Archive 0.6.1 - Create and Use PHP Archive files
Services_Technorati 0.6.4beta - A class for interacting with the Technorati API
HTML_Safe 0.3.5 - This parser strips down all potentially dangerous content within HTML
MP3_Playlist 0.5.0alpha1 - Library to create MP3 playlists on the fly, several formats supported including XML, RSS and XHTML
HTTP_Session 0.5.1 - Object-oriented interface to the session_* family functions
LiveUser_Admin 0.3.4 - User authentication and permission management framework
LiveUser 0.16.6 - User authentication and permission management framework
Net_IPv6 1.0.5 - Check and validate IPv6 addresses
HTML_QuickForm_advmultiselect 1.0.0 - Element for HTML_QuickForm that emulate a multi-select.
And for PECL, we had:
crack - "Good Password" Checking Utility: Keep your users' passwords reasonably safe from dictionary based attacks