John Lim has posted a helpful blog post at http://phplens.com/phpeverywhere/ with some tips and pointers on migrating from PHP4 to PHP5.1, and sheds light on some of the problems he personally encountered. If you're having this problem you might want to check it out.
OpenEverything.org API Website Launched
Chris Cornutt lets us know on his blog (http://blog.phpdeveloper.org) that he has launched a new site promoting the development and discussion of API usage industry-wide. From his post, "OpenEverything is a new blog that I'm starting up as a place for discussion of APIs, notifications about new features companies are offering or just new APIs in general. My vision for it is not so much a place to come to get technical help as it is to discuss the concepts and difficulties that come with the information freedom web services offer." So go contribute to http://www.openeverything.org today!
Chris Shiflett has launched the companion site to his book, Essential PHP Security, which is http://www.phpsecurity.org. The site hasthe table of contents, the errata, some reviews, and the code repository.
A couple of new security alerts citing vulnerabilities in the latest version of phpMyAdmin has prompted the release of 2.7.0-pl1, and you are highly encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible. Get the scoop at http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/downloads.php.
PEAR/PECL Usage Stats Available
Greg Beaver shows us some interesting stats he's been keeping- the adoption rate of PEAR and PECL versions compared with the versions of PHP people are running. If you'd like to read about the amazing adoption rate and see the stats for yourself, you can go to Greg's blog post at http://greg.chiaraquartet.net/.
I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't include what's new at PEAR and PECL. Recent PEAR releases include: