A fun, informal PHP campout will be taking place September 27-29, 2006 at the Cherokee/Great Smokies KOA in Cherokee, NC. Registration is $15.00 and all attendees will receive a free PHP Appalachia t-shirt. The idea behind it is to gather a bunch of PHP enthusiasts together, and to keep it simple. The organizers wanted to camp and talk PHP, but they didnt want anything fancy. Nothing formal, nothing pretentious, just a bunch of geeks in tents sharing thoughts, ideas, and experiences with PHP and PHP related things (and yes, I'm one of the organizers.) So bring your laptops and your tents and marshmallows, and come join us for some good PHP fun. For more info and to register, go to http://www.phpappalachia.org.
Earlybird Discount Almost Up for ApacheCon Europe
With speakers like Rasmus Lerdorf, John Coggleshall, Theo Schlossnagle, Chris Shiflett, Laura Thomson, Christian Wenz and Andrei Zmievski, you won't want to miss ApacheCon Europe happening June 26-30 in Dublin, Ireland. If you act quickly, you can still take advantage of the early bird discount, which is available until June 6, 2006. A blog post from Zak Greant also notes that early bird registrations come with a free copy of some of the speaker's books. For more info, visit the ApacheCon Europe website.
Security Advisory for MySQL
Secunia reports that MySQL versions 4.x and 5.x have a security hole that can be fixed with an upgrade. Per the Secunia site, "The vulnerability is caused due to an error within the server when parsing a query string that is escaped with the "mysql_real_escape_string()" function. This can potentially be exploited in an environment that uses multi-byte character encoding to bypass SQL injection escaping." To read more about the security alert, visit Secunia's site at http://secunia.com/advisories/20365/ and to upgrade your version, visit the MySQL site at http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/.
PHP Accelerators Benchmarked
An article on Slashdot points us to a comparison of 3 popular PHP accelerators (Zend platform, apc and eAccelerator). Who's the fastest? According to the article, "The tests we did showed us there can be an important performance gain by using a PHP accelerator. Using a PHP accelerator seems essential for a high-traffic site. But PHP accelerators are no panacea: if your code is slow, it will stay slow even with apc, eAccelerator or Zend." Because of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the accelerators, the article goes on to say "Each tool has advantages and drawbacks, the only way to know which one is the best at handling your code is to test both." For a complete look at the types of comparisons that were drawn and the way each performed, check out the full article on ipersec.com.
I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't include what's new at PEAR and PECL. Recent PEAR releases include:
HTTP_Client 1.1.0 - Easy way to perform multiple HTTP requests and process their results