PHP 5.2.0 is available

The start of November is big news for users and developers of PHP applications with the release of PHP 5.2 on the 2nd of the month. According to the release announcement, this "release is a major improvement in the 5.X series, which includes a large number of new features, bug fixes and security enhancements".

Significant features of PHP 5.2 include:

  • New memory manager for the Zend Engine with improved performance and a more accurate memory usage tracking.
  • Input filtering extension was added and enabled by default.
  • JSON extension was added and enabled by default.
  • ZIP extension for creating and editing zip files was introduced.
  • Hooks for tracking file upload progress were introduced.
  • Introduced E_RECOVERABLE_ERROR error mode.
  • Introduced DateTime and DateTimeZone objects with methods to manipulate date/time information.
  • Upgraded bundled SQLite, PCRE libraries.
  • Upgraded OpenSSL, MySQL and PostgreSQL client libraries for Windows installations.
  • Many performance improvements.
  • Over 200 bug fixes.

Akismet: New Movable Type Plugin

Akismet announced that a new version of the Movable Type plugin (Version 1.03) has been made available. Akismet is a service for blog applications and other content management systems that filter out comment spam and trackback spam. The new Movable Type plugin for Akismet was necessary because many users were having problems with the previous plugin breaking after users upgraded to Movable Type 3.31.

Gallery 1.6 just around the corner

The folks at Gallery, an online photo album organizer, are working hard developing the newest version of Gallery in the 1.x line...Gallery 1.6. Gallery 1.6 is currently at Alpha 2 which means that the software is intended for testing purposes and not for use on production servers. If your confused with what I just said then I recommend you wait installing Gallery 1.6 until it has been fully released.

Infoworld: PHP event - Open source accommodation stressed

InfoWorld has a very good article centering around this week's Zend/PHP Conference & Expo. In their article, "PHP event: Open source accommodation stressed" a few good opening lines to use as a teaser for the article:

Rather than fighting the open source wave, commercial IT vendors do what they must: try to ride that wave...

mojoPortal Leader Devoting More Time on Project

When open source projects becomes more popular the project leaders often need to increase the time spent on their projects. The increasingly popular Windows-based content management system (CMS), mojoPortal, is no exception to this rule. mojoPortal's project leader, Joe Audette, recently announced on his blog that he is currently making career changes show he can better nurture the mojoPortal project along: