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Here comes PHP 5.3.1

As excited as I was to see the performance benchmarks for PHP 5.3.0
I am glad I resisted temptation and waited a little bit longer.

PHP 5.3.1 is right around the corner, here’s the forthcoming RC1 announcement for August 13th (next Thursday)
(and note “a final release by the end of August”)

and here is an evergrowing list of fixes that will be included:

Now I just need to make sure eaccelerator is up to speed on 5.3

8 responses

  1. Fantastic.

    I’ll probably upgrade once 5.3.2 comes out.

    August 9, 2009 at 3:00 pm

  2. I’m very disappointed that cPanel has not yet matched 5.3.x compatibility. They had plenty of time to work on that, but now my work is being held back because I can’t upload my newest software until the server is updated. Bummer.

    Let’s see 5.3.1! August has come and gone, so hopefully it’ll be soon.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:20 pm

  3. @coolfactor, plenty of existing PHP scripts have trouble with some 5.3 quirks, it’s not just cpanel. Also, you can’t upgrade any server that has shared hosting on it or customers will freak out when all their scripts start throwing warnings and notices.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:01 am

  4. any particular reason to choose eaccelerator over APC ? just curious ?

    September 7, 2009 at 1:40 am

  5. I have a VPS, so my own self-contained shared hosting, if you will. I manage all sites within it, so I know that the sites will work great once the server is updated. I admire and appreciate the hard work of volunteers behind PHP’s development. The jump to 5.3.x has been particularly challenging since it brought so many much-needed improvements, particularly around date/time handling.

    September 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm

  6. @Sriram, I’ve always had fewer problems with eaccelerator, it just seems to have fewer compatibility quirks. It’s only a tiny bit slower than APC.

    I think PHP 6 is going to have something like APC built in though, so in a few years it will be a moot point.

    September 9, 2009 at 10:32 pm

  7. Looks like it’s delayed.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:21 am

  8. Soon

    PHP 5.3. RC4 announcement on Thu Nov 12 2009:

    This is is the first bug-fix release, after the .0 fixing quite many
    issues, since RC3 a safe_mode issue and a few other bugs have been fixed
    so this additional RC is needed. Depending on feedback I hope to be able
    to roll the final using the same code base Thursday next week. To
    make this possible, please test this RC against your code base and
    report any problems that you encounter.

    November 16, 2009 at 9:53 pm

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