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

Still Time to Find a Bug and Win!

MySQL has been running a contest to flush out bugs in MySQL 5.0-- report a bug and be entered to win an iPod Nano (because "we make MySQL 5.0 Rock," dontcha know). Or better yet, report a bug and blog about your MySQL experience and be entered to win a pass to the MySQL Users Conference and dinner with the Development Team. What could be cooler than that? To read about the details, go to http://dev.mysql.com/mysql_5_contest.html.

The Battle of the Conferences

PHPers have a difficult decision this week, provided they can leave the office for 4-5 days, afford a plane ticket, hotel and conference registration fees. This upcoming week we see the North American Zend Conference (San Francisco, October 18-21) and the O'Reilly European Open Source Convention (Amsterdam, October 17-20). Decisions, decisions!

Chris Shiflett Shares his Articles & a Sample Chapter

Chris Shiflett has been kind enough to post some of his previously published articles on his blog:

On his blog, you can also find a sample chapter of his new book, Essential PHP Security. which you can see by going to http://shiflett.org. Thanks Chris!

Free Chapter from php|architect's Guide to PHP Security

Ilia Alshanetsky's blog points us to the free chapter on SQL injection from his recently released book. The chapter can be downloaded for free at the MySQL Developer Zone: http://dev.mysql.com/tech-resources/articles/guide-to-php-security.html. Thanks!

Zend Core for Oracle

Yes, you probably have seen this mentioned numerous times before, but the Zend team has released Zend Core for Oracle, "a certified, easy-to-install PHP environment pre-integrated with the Oracle Database." You can try it out yourself, if you're curious, or read more about the specifics by going to https://www.zend.com/core/oracle/.

Patch your phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin released a security announcement (PMASA-2005-04) regarding a file inclusion vulnerability that was discovered, and all users are encouraged to download the patch. Downloads are available by going to http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/downloads.php.

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 (and more specifically details on the Zend Conference)!