New PHP here

The latest PHP 5 has been announced. It sports a number of new features targeted at broader support for databases, XML, Web Services and SOAP.

The PHP Group has announced this week the availability of PHP 5, the next version of the popular Web scripting language.

PHP 5 is a comprehensive update of the PHP platform, with a number of new features targeted at broader support for databases, XML, Web Services and SOAP. For database developers, this release now includes a new MySQL extension for working with MySQL databases and advanced features, including prepared statements for faster execution. This release also includes a copy of SQLite a simplified database platform that can be used to create data-driven applications.

In addition, XML support has been revamped, through the use of the libxml2 library that was originally designed for the Gnome project. There is also a new extension for working with XML as PHP objects and a host of bug fixes and minor enhancements that are sure to make the PHP developer community happy.

PHP 5 has been released and is available for download from the PHP Web site.

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