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PHP 5.3.0RC4 Release

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The fourth release candidate of PHP 5.3.0 (PHP 5.3.0RC4). This RC focuses on bug fixes and stability improvements, and we hope only minimal changes are required for the next candidate or final stable releases. PHP 5.3.0 is a newly developed version of PHP featuring long-awaited features like namespaces, late static binding, closures and much more.

Please download and test these release candidates, and report any issues found. A stable release is expected next week . In case of critical issues we will continue producing weekly RCs. Downloads and further information is available at qa.php.net. See also the work in progress 5.3 upgrade guide.

 

PHP Release And Announcements

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The PHP development team is proud to announce the second release candidate of PHP 5.2.10 (PHP 5.2.10RC2) and the third release candidate of PHP 5.3.0 (PHP 5.3.0RC3). These RCs focuses on bug fixes and stability improvements, and we hope only minimal changes are required for the next candidate or final stable releases.

PHP 5.2.10 is a pure maintenance release for providing bugfixes and stability updates. PHP 5.3.0 is a newly developed version of PHP featuring long-awaited features like namespaces, late static binding, closures and much more.

Please download and test these release candidates, and report any issues found. Downloads and further information is available at qa.php.net

   

PHP Speeds to the Cloud With Zend Framework 1.8

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PHP developers will have new ways to easily connect their PHP applications to the cloud, thanks to the latest version of the open source Zend Framework.

Zend Framework 1.8 expands the PHP framework to work with Amazon's EC2 cloud computing service. Zend Framework has also added new rapid application development (RAD) features to accelerate PHP development.

The Zend Framework is the PHP competitor to .NET, JavaEE and Ruby on Rails (RoR) development frameworks. With the new release, Zend Technologies, the lead commercial sponsor behind PHP, is aiming to build on its enterprise momentum for PHP, after releasing its Zend Server PHP middleware play last month.

"The timing for the release of Zend 1.8 could not be better as we just announced Zend Server and the two play very nicely together," Zeev Suraski, co-founder and CTO at Zend Technologies, told InternetNews.com. "Now I think we really have a complete stack available for users. We have the Zend Studio IDE [Integrated development environment] that has Zend Framework support, and Zend Server comes bundles with it, making it a good development and deployment stack for PHP."

The 1.8 release of Zend Framework is the first update of the framework this year. The 1.7 release introduced Adobe AMF (Action Message Format) support and came out in November.

With 1.8, Suraski explained that the release's rapid application development (RAD) features give developers the ability to manage and modify applications quickly. The new RAD tools enable developers to create new projects and controls and, in general, develop all sorts of code skeletons for a project.

A new module in Zend Framework for RAD, called Zend_application, further expedites PHP development. Matt Weier O'Phinney, Zend Framework's project lead, told InternetNews.com that Zend_application helps when it comes to bootstrapping apps. Prior to the 1.8 release, developers needed to create a bootstrap script where all the various resources needed are injected into the framework objects.

"It has been a fairly complex process and people had to do manually," O'Phinney said. "What we've done with Zend_application is a standardized way of doing it in order to build up bootstrapping routines."

Cloud support

With Zend Framework 1.8, Zend is looking to the cloud by providing support for Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN) EC2 services and its S3 cloud storage offering.

"In the S3 classes, we give developers access to the practically infinitely scalable Amazon storage server," Suraski explained. "As part of the EC2 classes, we give developers the ability to manage EC2 instances -- to create, stop and start instances."

Suraski added that without the new cloud support, it was hard for developers to take advantage of the Amazon cloud infrastructure using Zend Framework. Now he claimed that the Amazon access can be managed programmatically from within the Zend Framework.

Though Zend is now supporting Amazon's cloud, it does not yet have support for Google's AppEngine. That's despite the fact that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) has been a past contributor to the Zend Framework with Google Data API support.

Both Suraski and O'Phinney noted that there are no formal proposals at this stage for Google AppEngine support, though O'Phinney said there have been some rudimentary experiments. Google launched its AppEngine with support for the Python language and recently began testing Java support.

Another item that is not yet in Zend Framework is support for Oauth authentication. The Oauth standard is now being implemented or tested on numerous sites as a easy way to do secure Web authentication.

O'Phinney said that while Oauth is not in Zend Framework 1.8, there is a proposal pending for its inclusion, so it could be in as early as the 1.9 release of the framework, coming later this year.

 

PHP 5.3 and PHP 6

While Zend Framework 1.8 represents an important step forward for PHP developers, another big step is just around the corner thanks to a new release of the PHP language, with PHP 5.3 currently in the release candidate stage and PHP 6 under active development.

"PHP 5.3 is an important step, since PHP 6 is always just around the corner -- but the corner keeps running away from us at the same pace we are running toward it," Suraski said.

He added that the PHP community decided that rather than waiting for PHP 6 to be finalized, some of the ideas originally planned for it could land earlier in PHP 5.3.

One such feature is namespaces, which is a way to encapsulate classes and other PHP items more easily.

"Once it's out, it will be a very good step for the PHP community as a whole," Suraski said.

As for when PHP 5.3 will be out, that's a more difficult question.

"I would not bet on a release date," Suraski said. "It may be in the next few weeks, but if it is delayed for a few months, it won't shock me."

TAGS: developer, PHP, Zend, EC2, Cloud

   


 
   

PHP 5.3.0RC2 Release Announcement

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The PHP development team is proud to announce the second release candidate of PHP 5.3.0 (PHP 5.3.0RC2). This RC focuses on bug fixes and stability improvements, and we hope only minimal changes are required for the next candidate (RC3).

Expect an RC3 in 2-3 weeks, although there will not be major changes so now is a good time to start the final testing of PHP 5.3.0 before it gets released, in order to find possible incompatibilities with your project.

Please download and test this release candidate, and report any issues found. Downloads and further information is available at qa.php.net. See also the work in progress 5.3 upgrade guide.

   

UK PHP Zend Certification (2009-04-28 to 2009-04-30) [Training] (United Kingdom)

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A PHP certification could help you secure future business!! By demonstrating to your customers and potential clients that you are highly qualified and working to industry recognised standards, you can differentiate yourself from your competitors!

ForLinux, in association with I-Buildings,is offering a unique opportunity for you to attend the PHP Certification Training and sit your exam within 3 days. This 3 day, Instructor-led course course, commencing on 28th April, will fully prepare you for the examination. The course is packed with exercises and examples that meet the certification level and correspond to the various different aspects you will face in the exam. ForLinux is Pearson Vue authorised test centre which means you can take your exam straight way and it is all included in our training price!

Call us now to book your place on 0845 4210430 or for more details visit our website on the link below.

URL: http://www.forlinux.co.uk/training/php-training-courses/
   

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