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
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.