News Archive - 1998
Here are the most important news items we have published in 1998 on PHP.net.
Merry Christmas! 3.0.6 is ready to go. This is mostly a maintenance release.
Some new modules make their first apperance in this version. Support for Adobe
PDF and FDF as well as XML and an initial Interbase module are now available.
If you need any of these features, or if you see something in the ChangeLog
that might apply to you, then upgrade.
"The substance of the Web is more and more residing in databases, and there
are a variety of methods used to generate Web pages. This year, we selected a
pair of "free software" tools that work together quite nicely as a platform
for building dynamic content. The award is also a tribute to the Open Source
initiative; both products are used, developed and supported by interlocking
communities of people on the Net."
PHP 3.0 is finally here! After 10 months of development PHP Version 3.0
is ready for production environments. Coupled with the release of the
final version of Apache-1.3.0 today, the combination provides an
unbeatable web hosting platform suitable for both small and large web
PHP 3.0 is the latest evolution of the PHP/FI 2.0 language and it offers
some dramatic enhancements. It is more than twice as fast, it uses less
memory, it has a more consistent language implementation and a much wider
set of expressions and language features than PHP/FI 2.0. An included
conversion program will help you migrate your PHP 2 scripts to PHP 3.
the full anouncement.
PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor was chosen as the official
meaning of the PHP acronym with 53% of the votes. The possible options
were PHP HTML|Hypermedia|Hypertext Preprocesor.
The PHP site has been given a serious facelift recently.
The design is courtesy of Colin Viebrock at Private World
Communications. Please let us know of any problems
with the site by sending a message to the webmasters.
Report or check on bugs in the PHP 3 Bug Database.
The Mars Polar Lander and PHP
It is scheduled to land on Mars at 12:14 PM Pacific time December 3 and PHP is helping
to bring the experience to the world. The web site
www.marspolarlander.com is powered by a combination of PHP, MySQL and Perl scripts.
There is an architecture
description here. This architecture document doesn't say very much about PHP other
than the fact that PHP is used as the Web scripting language, but it has an interesting
description of how they built a large scaleable system and it proves nicely that PHP
is up to the task of being part of such a large-scale deployment.