Hardened-PHP Releases Security Patches for PHP4 and PHP5
In a quick news tip on Hardened-PHP (http://www.hardened-php.net), they have released security patches for the latest versions of PHP4 and PHP5 (PHP4.4.2 and PHP5.1.4). These security patches fix security holes not yet addressed by php.net, so it may behoove you to take a look. Both patches can be found in the download area of the Hardened-PHP site: http://www.hardened-php.net/downloads.13.html
Dotgeek Giving Away Free PHP Accounts
Dotgeek has announced it is giving away 50 free PHP5 hosting accounts through its PHP HostingBingo. Simply sign up and you are assigned a unique ticket number. Every month 50 numbers are drawn for a free hosting account. For more details, go to http://www.dotgeek.org/bingo/hostbingo.php.
OSCON's Lightning Talks
Do you know enough about a PHP-related topic to talk about it for 5 minutes? Then you might qualify as a "lightning talk" speaker at OSCON. The session will be hosted by George Schlossnagle, and per the site, "Lightning talks are a collection of 5-minute talks given by you, members of the PHP community. A mainstay of the Perl side of the convention, lightning talks are an exciting format and an excellent place to showcase new ideas, ask questions, or rant. Lightning talks are a great place for both novice and experienced speakers; a place where you can hone your speaking skills and condense subjects to their most essential bits. They're a great place to ask questions, talk about lessons you've learned, showcase new techniques or introduce new projects." So if you have an idea, why not send it in? Go to http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/os2006/view/e_sess/9157 and send them your ideas. (Chris Shiflett has also posted some helpful lightning talks links on his blog).
Nexen.net has posted their adoption statistics for April 2006. From the site: "PHP 4.4 is growing, taking users from PHP 4.3. However, the adoption phase seems to vanish : the progression speed is declining, while still positive. PHP 5 is drawing users from every other PHP version." PHP4 is still the big winner, however, at still a 92% adoption rate. If you'd like to see the numbers, you can go to Nexen's site at http://www.nexen.net/chiffres_cles/phpversion/php_stats_evolution_for_april_2006.php.
This popped up in a few places this week-- the news of an interactive shell for PHP released by Jan Kneschke, and available here: http://jan.kneschke.de/projects/php-shell/. If you're in need of CLI, check this out. The features include tab-completion (if readline() support is compiled into php), handles FATAL errors (like calling a undefined function), inline help, works on all php platforms, and it requires PHP 5 or later.
I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't include what's new at PEAR and PECL. Recent PEAR releases include: