PHP 5.1.3 (and 5.1.4) Released

This past week saw the official release of PHP 5.1.3 and 5.1.4 (to fix a few critical bugs). Changes include: As well, 5.1.4 saw the fix of 2 critical bugs with $_POST array handling as well as the FastCGI sapi, that were discovered in 5.1.3. For the complete changelog, visit and to download, go to

Code Challenge 2006 Announced announced their 2006 Code Challenge for open source programmers. The challenge goes from May 4-August 15, 2006. They will be accepting entries in 3 categories (all open source solutions) - web based calendar, wikipodcast and a captcha class. Prizes include Zend Studio Enterprise, Zend Guard 4, tickets to Euroscon, and many more. All participants receive an O' Reilly book of their choice and a free yearly membership for For more information, go to

DCPHP Conference Announced

There will be another opportunity for all of us PHP coders in the world to go to a conference and learn a thing or two. Washington DC's PHP User Group, PHP DC, has announced the DCPHP Conference, to be held at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, on October 18-20, 2006. They are currently entertaining talk/tutorial proposals, and you can read more about that at

php|works-db|works Call for Papers

This year's combo conference, php|works-db|works will take place September 13-15 in Toronto, with September 12 being set aside for tutorial sessions. For more information about the conference, visit, and for specific information regarding the Call for Papers (which ends June 5, 2006) visit

NYPHP Conference Schedule Completed

A quick note on the NYPHP Conference Website tells us they've made their final decisions on speakers and tutorials. We see some familiar names (Andrei Zmievski, Derick Rethans, Rasmus Lerdorf, Ilia Alshanetsky, John Coggeshall, David Sklar, Laura Thomson, Joe Stagner, Rod Smith) and some not-so-familiar names (Marc Isikoff, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University; Eero Teerikorpi, CEO, Continuent; Guillaume Jarysta-Dautel, CTO, Devolia; Kitman Cheung, IBM; Richard Rosa, SVP/CTO, Debt Resolve; Gregory Stoltz, CTO, Direct Response Technologies among others). Just a reminder, the conference itself will be held June 14-16, 2006, with June 12-13 set aside for pre-conference tutorials. For a look at the complete schedule with topics, go to

Extending PHP Tutorial

Wez Furlong has posted a copy of slides (in PDF) from a talk he gave in October 2003 on extending PHP. The 24 slides are very comprehensive and he says "the content is based on PHP 4, but should still be applicable to PHP 5." To get your hands on a copy, visit Wez's blog at

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 and

See you next week with more tidbits from the PHP world!