PHP

5.0.0b1

Released on 29 Jun 2003
Project description.
PHP is a popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development
PHP 5.0.0b1 Changelog
  • Switch to using Zend Engine 2, which includes numerous engine level improvements. A full overview may be downloaded from http://www.zend.com/engine2/ZendEngine-2.0.pdf (PDF).
  • The SQLite (http://www.hwaci.com/sw/sqlite/) extension is now bundled and enabled by default. (Wez, Marcus, Tal)
  • Improved the speed of internal functions that use callbacks by 40% due to a new internal fast_call_user_function() function. (Sterling)
  • Completely Overhauled XML support (Rob, Sterling, Chregu, Marcus)
    • Brand new Simplexml extension
    • New DOM extension
    • New XSL extension
    • Moved the old DOM-XML and XSLT extensions to PECL
    • ext/xml can now use both libxml2 and expat to parse XML
    • Removed bundled expat
  • Removed the bundled MySQL client library. (Sterling)
  • New php.ini options:
    • "session.hash_function" and "session.hash_bits_per_character". (Sascha)
    • "mail.force_extra_paramaters". (Derick)
    • "register_long_arrays". (Zeev)
  • Improved the streams support: (Wez, Sara, Ilia)
    • Improved performance of readfile(), fpassthru() and some internal streams operations under Win32.
    • stream_socket_client() - similar to fsockopen(), but more powerful.
    • stream_socket_server() - Creates a server socket.
    • stream_socket_accept() - Accept a client connection.
    • stream_socket_get_name() - Get local or remote name of socket.
    • stream_copy_to_stream()
    • stream_get_line() - Reads either the specified number of bytes or until the ending string is found.
    • Added context property to userspace streams object.
    • Added generic crypto interface for streams (supports dynamic loading of OpenSSL)
    • Added lightweight streaming input abstraction to the Zend Engine scanners to provide uniform support for include()'ing data from PHP streams across all platforms.
    • Added 'string.base64' stream filter.
    • Renamed stream_register_wrapper() to stream_wrapper_register().
    • Added "ftp://" wrapper support to opendir(), stat() and unlink().
    • Added context options 'method', 'header' and 'content' for "http://" fopen wrapper.
  • Improved the GD extension: (Pierre-Alain Joye, Ilia)
    • imagefilter() - Apply different filters to image. (Only available with bundled GD library)
    • Antialiased drawing support:
      • imageantialias() - (de)active antialias
      • imageline() and imagepolygon() antialias support
  • Changed the length parameter in fgetss() to be optional. (Moriyoshi)
  • Changed ini parser to allow for handling of quoted multi-line values. (Ilia)
  • Changed get_extension_funcs() to return list of the built-in Zend Engine functions if "zend" is specified as the module name. (Ilia)
  • Changed array_search() to accept also objects as a needle. (Moriyoshi)
  • Changed ext/mcrypt to require libmcrypt version 2.5.6 or greater. (Derick)
  • Changed uniqid() parameters to be optional and allow any prefix length. (Marcus)
  • Added new iconv functions. (Moriyoshi)
    • iconv_strlen()
    • iconv_substr()
    • iconv_strpos()
    • iconv_strrpos()
    • iconv_mime_decode()
    • iconv_mime_encode()
  • Added misc. new functions:
    • ldap_sasl_bind(). (peter_c60@hotmail.com, Jani)
    • imap_getacl(). (Dan, Holger Burbach)
    • file_put_contents(). (Sterling)
    • proc_nice() - Changes priority of the current process. (Ilia)
    • pcntl_getpriority() and pcntl_setpriority(). (Ilia)
    • idate(), date_sunrise() and date_sunset(). (Moshe Doron)
    • strpbrk() - Searches a string for a list of characters. (Ilia)
    • get_headers() - Returns headers sent by the server of the specified URL. (Ilia)
    • str_split() - Breaks down a string into an array of elements based on length. (Ilia)
    • array_walk_recursive(). (Ilia)
    • array_combine(). (Andrey)
  • Added optional parameter to get_browser() to make it return an array. (Jay)
  • Added optional parameter to openssl_sign() to specify the hashing algorithm.(scott@planetscott.ca, Derick)
  • Added optional parameter to sha1(), sha1_file(), md5() and md5_file() which makes them return the digest as binary data. (Michael Bretterklieber, Derick)
  • Added optional parameter to mkdir() to make directory creation recursive. (Ilia)
  • Added optional parameter to file() which makes the result array not contain the line endings and to skip empty lines. (Ilia)
  • Added new range() functionality:
    • Support for float modifier. (Ilia)
    • Detection of numeric values inside strings passed as high & low. (Ilia)
    • Proper handle the situations where high == low. (Ilia)
    • Added an optional step parameter. (Jon)
  • Added encoding detection feature for expat XML parser. (Adam Dickmeiss, Moriyoshi)
  • Added missing multibyte (unicode) support and numeric entity support to html_entity_decode(). (Moriyoshi)
  • Added IPv6 support to ext/sockets. (Sara)
  • Added input filter support. See README.input_filter for more info. (Rasmus)
  • Added a replace count for str_[i]replace(), see #8218. (Sara)
  • Fixed is_executable() to be available also on Windows. (Shane)
  • Fixed dirname() and strip_tags() to be binary-safe. (Moriyoshi)
  • Fixed bug #24098 (crash in pathinfo()). (Ilia)
  • Fixed bug #21985 and #22064 (various mb_send_mail() issues). (Moriyoshi)
  • Fixed bug #21600 (Assign by reference function call changes variable contents). (Zeev)