While PHP6 might be nowhere in sight, a major update to PHP 5 has come with the recent release of PHP 5.4. This release comes nearly three years after the preview major update PHP 5.3.
Those familiar with PHP will know that there are major concern reguarding the direction PHP should take in with PHP 6, such that its development has been indefinately delayed. Instead, some of the features that would eventually have been released in PHP 6 are now being added to PHP 5 itself. Numerous such features were added in PHP 5.3, and more such features have been added in 5.4.
As with PHP 5.3, this release too breaks backwards compatibility in a number of ways. For example, Magic quotes, which had been depreciated in 5.3 has now been completely removed. Similarly, register_globals, and the PHP Safe mode have been removed after having been depreciated in the…
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