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In Case You Missed It…The Month of August 2006

By Elizabeth Naramore
on September 6, 2006

3 New Releases of PHP

The PHP release teams have been uber-busy cranking out fresh releases of PHP. The new releases include:

Zend Conference Schedule Posted

Zend has finalized the schedule for the upcoming conference to be held October 30-November 2, 2006 in San Jose, CA. This year’s theme is “Creating Modern Web Applications with PHP”, and there is a whole host of awesome topics, including various tutorials, sessions on using PHP with web services, general PHP development, and PHP in the corporate environment. The speaker’s lineup is equally as impressive. For a complete list, visit the Conference site. Early bird registration is over September 15, so take advantage of that while you still can.

Host of Helpful VIM Tips

Tobias Schlitt was generous enough to bring together some of his favorite VIM tips and tricks and put them all together in a nice neat tidy blog post: http://schlitt.info/applications/blog/. Topics include next occurrence of a word, find matching brace, repeat the last change, enhanced functionality with external programs, indenting and unindeting, remote file editing, recover the last visual selection, grep within VIM, and many more, so if you’re a VIM user- check it out. Thanks Toby!

PHP Community Site Goes Ning

The PHP Community site has been revitalized via Ning. The purpose of the site is to provide a means by which the PHP community in general can interact with each other on a social basis. Come say hello and join in the discussions.

Security Alerts

Secunia is reporting security alerts in numerous PHP apps, including theZend Platform, Joomla!, Xoops, Mambo (components), Zen Cart, CakePHP, and vBulletin just to name a few. If you are using any of these apps, you are of course encouraged to upgrade or patch as needed.

Zend Announces PHP5 Certification Exam

For anyone who was wondering if there would ever be a PHP5 exam, guess what? Now there is. The exam will first be available to the attendees of php|works-db|works in Toronto, and a special webcast was given by Zend (available at php|architect) to help clarify finer points about the exam.

PHP Usage Stats Released

Nexen.net has released the PHP usage stats for August, 2006. Not surprisingly the adoption of PHP 5.x is increasing, while the use of 4.x is going down slowly but surely. PHP currently resides on almost 35% of all websites surveyed. To see the full report from Damien Seguy, go to the Nexen website.

phpMyAdmin New Releases and Wiki Now Available

The folks at phpMyAdmin have been busy releasing new versions of this popular app. The latest version that’s been released is, which is basically a re-release of with the set-up script fixed. They’ve also released 2.9.0 beta, with numerous improvements. To download these latest versions, go to http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/downloads.php. There is also a phpMyAdmin Wiki available at http://wiki.cihar.com.

PEAR/PECL Releases