This is a milestone release of PHP with over 30 new functions available, over 400 bug fixes, significant performance improvements and more. For a complete list of changes, see the official changelog at php.net, and while you're there, you may as well download your version. There is also a nice upgrade guide available which is quite helpful, so be sure to check that out as well.
PHPQuebec 2006 Speakers Announced
The complete list of speakers for PHPQuebec's 2006 conference has been announced, as well as the sessions. The speakers list includes such prestigious names as Rasmus Lerdorf, Ilia Alshanetsky, Marcus Böerger, Ken Coar, Zak Greant, Robert Peake, Derick Rethans, and Andrei Zmievski (among other greats). For a complete list, you can visit the speakers list or you can visit the list of sessions. The conference is March 29-31, 2006 in Montreal, and to register, simply go to the site at: http://conf.phpquebec.com/en/.
php|architect has announced their latest PHP Conference- php|tek to be held in Orlando, Florida, April 26-28, 2006. The focus of the conference is build->deploy->scale, and they are currently accepting proposals. April 25 has been set aside for "in-depth seminars" on such topics as preparing for the Zend Certification and PHP Security. Early registration is $599.99 (US), and that includes a one-year subscription to php|architect (discounts are also offered for students, non-profits or companies sending more than one employee). For the full skinny, go to http://www.phparch.com/tek/.
PHP6: The Future of PHP
As you may or may not know, many of the PHP core developers recently met after the International PHP Conference to discuss the future of PHP: PHP6. Because many of the topics regarding PHP6 that were discussed before this meeting were basically just speculation and personal opinion, I've tried not to stir any controversy by including them in my articles here. But since Derick Rethans has posted the minutes from that meeting, if you haven't been keeping up with the PHP internals list, you can get your first glimpse into the future of PHP by checking out what's in store: http://www.php.net/~derick/meeting-notes.html. You'll notice main topics include unicode support, some backwards compatibility issues (that are necessary for security reasons, such as good ol' register_globals), some PECL issues, some additions to functionality, and some improvements to OOP. Very interesting stuff.
phpBB's New Team
In an effort to stave off criticism from the development world, phpBB has announced a new "Incident Investigation Team" whose purpose is to investigate any reported exploits, assist users in cleaning up an attacked install, inform and educate phpBB users on securing their phpBB app, and to collaborate with web hosts who might have security concerns for their customers. To read about how to to utilize this team's efforts, you can read the official announcement here: http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=343745.
PHPBuilder's New Look
Not to be outdone by others, PHPBuilder had its own site facelift this week, with a sleek new logo and look. It's been a long time coming and so far the feedback has been great. What do you think? I personally like the new look-- great job guys (and no, I'm not just saying that).
I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't include what's new at PEAR and PECL. Recent PEAR releases include: