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 http://www.php.net/downloads.php#v5 and to see the full list of changes, go to http://www.php.net/ChangeLog-5.php#5.0.5.

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:: http://blogs.phparch.com/mt/?p=104, or else you can purchase one of these handy reference guides at http://www.phparch.com/rcrs. 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 php.net 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 http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/downloads.php and to see the full list of changes and additions (with some cool new features) go to http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/downloads.php?relnotes=0.

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 http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/phpsec/index.html). Ilia Alshanetsky also announced the availability of the php|architect's PHP Guide to Security (available at Amazon or through php|architect at http://www.phparch.com/pgps).

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 http://pooteeweet.org/blog/232.

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:

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!