Zend Stirs it Up

With their announcements of their new Framework and PHP Collaboration Project, Zend has really stirred it up in the PHP community. In fact, I haven't seen this much fervor since the New Kids on the Block came to Ohio. So what's all the hubbub really about? There are a few issues that have some developers a little nervous, while others see these efforts as a very Good Thing™.

Specifically, the Zend Framework controversy revolves around a few key issues:

I've taken the liberty of compiling a list of blog posts by some of the more outspoken PHP experts, so if you're interested in what everybody has to say, you can check them out. Keep in mind these are just opinions, and the Framework most likely won't be released until after the first of the year... so a lot can happen between now and then.

To learn all about the new framework from the horse's mouth, go to http://www.zend.com/collaboration/framework-overview.php.

PHP 5.1.0RC4 is Available

Ilia Alshanetsky is asking PHP developers to download this last and final release candidate to test for bugs prior to the impending stable release. Although there is nothing official on the php.net site, in a recent blog post, Ilia lets us know that it's out there and offers links to downloads: http://ilia.ws/archives/88-PHP-5.1.0RC4-is-out!.html.

PHP-Nuke Sports 2 New Vulnerabilities

Secunia is reporting two new security alerts in PHP-Nuke (both are as of yet unpatched.) They involve potential SQL injection and cross-site scripting and you can read more about them at http://secunia.com/advisories/17315/ and http://secunia.com/advisories/17296/ (filter input, people!).

phpBB 2.0.18 Released

This latest release from the phpBB team fixes a 31 bugs, makes 2 other changes to the code, and patches 11 security holes. Definitely worth your while to upgrade. For the complete list of changes and to download, visit http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=336756.

Cake 0.10.0.1217_alpha Released

Cake takes another step forward with its latest release. Changes include:

For a full changelog, see http://cakephp.org/pages/changelog and to download the latest and greatest, go to http://cakephp.org/downloads/index/release.

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!