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.