Here are the most important news items we have published in 2000 on PHP.net.
PHP 3.0.18 was released. This is a bug-fix release, including fixes for file uploads and a backported imagetypes() function from PHP 4.0. The ChangeLog contains a full list of changes.
Due to two problems discovered in PHP 4.0.3, PHP 4.0.3pl1 is now available. This release fixes an issue that prevented the Apache php_value mechanism from working correctly with .conf files, and a memory leak that was discovered in the module versions of PHP.
Version 4.0.3 includes several security-oriented fixes and enhancements, as well as several new features and bug fixes. It is strongly recommended for all users of PHP to upgrade to this version. You can read the changelog here.
You can now go directly to PHP manual pages with a URL such as php.net/strlen.
PHP 4.0.1pl2 addresses two bugs that were discovered in PHP 4.0.1, that prevent error_reporting() and readdir() from working properly.
The first maintenance release for PHP 4.0 is out. The new release features increased stability under Windows, improved error handling, several new features and lots of bug fixes. (the full list of changes is available) It's a recommended upgrade for all PHP users. Download now!
It's here, it's ready, and it has the long awaited 'Release' tag. The successor of PHP 3.0 has finally been released. At this point, everyone is encouraged to begin upgrading their systems to use this version. Download it now!
PHP 3.0.16 was released. This is mostly a bug fix release which adds support for gd-1.8, ucd-snmp 4.1, and high-resolution timers on OS/2. OpenBSD support has been improved considerably. The source package and Win32 binaries are available from the PHP homepage. The ChangeLog contains a full list of changes.
Nathan Wallace, Craig Kohtz and Tobias Ratschiller are all giving presentations on PHP at ApacheCon, 8-10th March 2000, in Orlando, Florida. The topics include sessions and authentication, advanced PHP techniques, migrating from ASP to PHP and web design patterns. You can find more information about these talks here.
On January 20th, 2000 the primary developers of PHP are meeting for a 4-day session in Tel Aviv, Israel. The main goal is to organize the development effort. The developers of MySQL will also be in attendance to explore how the two projects can cooperate further to make the PHP/MySQL combination even stronger than it already is.
The long-awaited release of PHP 3.0 contains numerous bug fixes and a bonus of new features. Support for GNU recode, portable access to stdio streams, enhanced FTP support, support for Mcal and IMSP, as well as PNG functions for gd make this release a must for every user of PHP. The ChangeLog provides a complete list of changes.