News Archive - 2004

Here are the most important news items we have published in 2004 on

A Note on Security in PHP

[31-Dec-2004] The PHP Development Team has issued an important statement that deals with the security of PHP, and of PHP-based applications. The trigger for releasing this statement was the growing misconception in the PHP community regarding recent security problems, which exploited bugs in PHP applications, rather than bugs in PHP itself. It's a recommended read for anybody using PHP.

Function list suggestions available

[27-Dec-2004] Surely, some of our visitors are back at work for a few days between holidays, and hopefully they will find our post-christmas gift useful. The function list suggestions we started to test a year ago seemed to be working better as some bugs were found and fixed, so it was time to make the result available on all pages.

Whenever you type something into the search field, while having the function list search option selected, you will get a list of suggested functions starting with the letters you typed in. You can browse the list with the up/down keys, and you will be able to autocomplete the function name with the spacebar.

If you are not interested in this feature, you can turn it off for yourself on the My page. More information about is available on the search page.

PHP 4.3.10 & 5.0.3 released!

[15-Dec-2004] The PHP Development Team would like to announce the immediate release of PHP 4.3.10 and PHP 5.0.3. These are maintenance releases that in addition to non-critical bug fixes address several very serious security issues. All Users of PHP are strongly encouraged to upgrade to one of these releases as soon as possible.

For changes since PHP 4.3.9, please consult the PHP 4 ChangeLog. For changes since PHP 5.0.2, please consult the PHP 5 ChangeLog.

Second Bulgarian PHP Conference

[15-Dec-2004] The second Web Technology conference in Bulgaria will be held in March 2005 at the city of Sofia. Within its framework, the Second Bulgarian PHP Conference and first IT Business conference will be held. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the new tendencies in this direction and to popularize the internet technologies in the spheres of business, education, and services. The range of subjects includes technologies like PHP, Perl, business systems through web, education through the internet, and others.

International PHP Conference 2005 - Spring Edition (Amsterdam, May 2-4)

[15-Dec-2004] The PHP Center and the Software & Support Verlag are pleased to announce the International PHP Conference 2005 Spring Edition in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The dates for this event will be May 2-4, 2005. The conference venue is the RAI conference center.

The topics are General PHP, PHP & Business/Integration, PHP & Databases, PHP Design, PHP Extensions, PHP & XML and PHP-GTK.

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MySQL, RedHat and other partners started a new campaign against software patents

[01-Nov-2004] In order to boost more awareness of the pending software patent issues in the European Union—MySQL, ISP 1&1, RedHat and other partners started a new portal "". The site is available in 10 different european languages and explains why software patents are bad, and how they might affect you. In order to learn more, or participate in events against software patents, have a look at the very informative website.

Zend Technologies

Zend's PHP 5 Coding Contest winners announced

[25-Oct-2004] Congratulations to Qiang Xue, whose application 'PRADO' earned high votes both from the public and from the judges' panel! There are 49 other prizewinning applications in Zend's contest gallery – too many to list here. Some of them are ongoing projects, bringing PHP 5 a small armoury of useful open source tools.

The top 50 applications will remain on display until the end of this year, giving you the chance to take a leisurely look through the code and see how the new features in PHP 5 should be used.

PHP Québec

PHP before Canadian government, in Ottawa, October 19th and 20th, 2004

[12-Oct-2004] PHP Québec, the profesional association of PHP users in Québec, will be part of the GTEC exhibition, in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday October 19th and Wednesday October 20th. PHP Québec will present PHP's features, its capabilities for e-government and its support services in Canada. Come and meet us on the floor, booth 1610C.

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Forum PHP in Paris, November 18 & 19, 2004

[28-Sep-2004] The French AFUP association is proud to announce the fourth annual PHP meeting in Paris, on November 18th and 19th, 2004. Developers and managers will gather to meet Zeev Suraski, Rasmus Lerdorf and other prominent community experts for two days of sessions, packed with enterprise solutions and advanced techniques (in French).


PHP 5.0.2 released!

[23-Sep-2004] The PHP Development Team is proud to announce the immediate release of PHP 5.0.2. This is a maintenance release that in addition to many non-critical bug fixes, addresses a problem with GPC input processing. All Users of PHP 5 are encouraged to upgrade to this release as soon as possible.

For changes since PHP 5.0.1, please consult the ChangeLog.


PHP 4.3.9 released!

[22-Sep-2004] The PHP Development Team is proud to announce the immediate release of PHP 4.3.9. This is a maintenance release that in addition to over 50 non-critical bug fixes, addresses a problem with GPC input processing. This release also re-introduces ability to write GIF images via the bundled GD extension. All Users of PHP are encouraged to upgrade to this release as soon as possible.

For changes since PHP 4.3.8, please consult the ChangeLog.


MySQL ComCon Europe

[06-Sep-2004] The MySQL ComCon Europe 2004 brings together the vigor and excitement of a community event with the structure of MySQL mission-critical business event. The conference will take place in Frankfurt from November 9th to 10th and will have a day of pre-conference power workshops on the 8th. Sessions on diverse topics such as "Performance Tuning J2EE Applications deployed on MySQL", "PHP 5 and MySQL 4.1/5.0" and a two-part introduction to MySQL Cluster will be presented by MySQL core developers, expert trainers and MySQL community leaders. For more details on the event, please visit

OSCOM.4 with Apache Track

[14-Aug-2004] OSCOM, the international association for Open Source Content Management is arranging the Fourth Open Source Content Management Conference from 29th September to 1st October in Zürich. This fall, the event features Apache Software Foundation projects, and PHP, so you have a chance to meet some prominent figures of the PHP scene there. OSCOM.4 is a place for developers, vendors, integrators and users to mingle and learn from each other. Registration is now open!

New Installation Instructions

[14-Aug-2004] The latest online version of the PHP Manual contains a completely reorganized Installation and Configuration part, which is now divided into sections for individual platforms and servers to ease your first steps with PHP. The Windows installation instructions are completely revised, and now suggest you to set environment variables instead of moving files. This way upgrades and configuration changes become easier.


PHP 5.0.1 Released!

[12-Aug-2004] The PHP Development Team would like to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.0.1. This is a maintenance release that in addition to many non-critical bug fixes also includes new UNIX and Windows installation docs which are now auto-generated from the PHP Manual.

For changes since PHP 5.0.0, please consult the ChangeLog.

PHP Tunisie Magazine

[02-Aug-2004] PHP Tunisie has just released the second issue of its monthly french PHP Magazine. In this issue you'll find a large plan on PostgreSQL, Databases abstractions with PHP, your mini template engine, an article on images generation with PHP, the migration towards PHP5 with EasyPHP1.7... And many other articles and latests PHP news.

PHP Tunisie Magazine is edited by the Tunisian PHP Users Group.


PHP 5.0.0 Released!

[13-Jul-2004] The PHP team is proud to announce the final release of PHP 5!

Some of the key features of PHP 5 include:

For changes since Release Candidate 3, please consult the ChangeLog.


PHP 4.3.8 released!

[13-Jul-2004] PHP Development Team would like to announce the immediate availability of PHP 4.3.8. This release is made in response to several security issues that have been discovered since the 4.3.7 release. All users of PHP are strongly encouraged to upgrade to PHP 4.3.8 as soon as possible.

International PHP Conference 2004

[18-Jun-2004] The traditional International PHP Conference 2004 will be taking place from 7th November to 10th November in Frankfurt (FFM). The Call for Papers has been issued, so if you have an interesting talk, the organizers would love to hear about it! You can expect a gathering of PHP experts and core developers.

You can find the CfP on the website. The deadline is 16th July, 2004.

The conference is also featuring an OpenSource Exhibition where PHP related OpenSource projects can present themselves for free.


php|works - early-bird discount now in effect

[16-Jun-2004] php|architect magazine is proud to introduce php|works 2004, a three-day conference on PHP and the business of open-source software that will be held in Toronto, Canada, September 22-24 2004.

The conference includes a total of over 30 hours of technical and business-oriented presentations that range from Rasmus Lerdorf's "Best Practices for PHP Developers" to "Getting your OSS Business Funded", presented by venture capital specialist Christian Mayaud. Other sessions include practical talks on PHP 5, regular expressions, multilingual development, PDO, XML and OOP. The business track includes sessions on the use of PHP in the legal, financial and healthcare industry, growing your business with OSS, the status of the PHP market and much, much more!

As an added bonus, attendees who sign up before July 20th are eligible for up to $100 in early-bird savings.

For more information, visit the php|works website.

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LAMP area at LinuxTag 2004 in Karlsruhe, Germany

[14-Jun-2004] The LAMP area will highlight the use of Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP as technologies for enterprise applications at LinuxTag 2004 in Karlsruhe, Germany from June 23 to 26. The companies that are presenting in the speakers area of the 150 square meters booth are: 100days, eZ systems, Mayflower, MySQL and Zend.

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