Ok first, for those that just want think links:
- Download PHP 5.3.3 [Source Code for Linux] [Binaries for Windows] (Changelog)
- Download PHP 5.2.14 [Source Code for Linux] [Binaries for Windows] (Changelog)
There. Happy? Now go away, download and install it. For the rest of you who have an attention span longer than a gnat, here are a couple highlights.
There is a big change in 5.3.3 that may affect some of you.
Methods with the same name as the last element of a namespaced class name will no longer be treated as constructor. This change doesn’t affect non-namespaced classes.
As php.net points out, this does NOT affect classes that are not included in a namespace. Since this is the PHP 4 way of doing things anyhow, most developers that this could possibly affect are using
__construct() anyhow. It is however something to be aware of. Since Namespaces were not a part of the 5.2 version of PHP, this change has no affect on developers still using 5.2.x either.
Beyond that, there are :
- 145 bug fixes
- 13 additions
- 2 extensions upgraded (sqlite and PCRE)
Here is the overview of the changes for 5.2.14:
- 66 bug fixes
- 1 extension upgraded (PCRE)
NOTE:This release marks the end of the active support for PHP 5.2. Following this release the PHP 5.2 series will receive no further active bug maintenance. Security fixes for PHP 5.2 might be published on a case by cases basis. All users of PHP 5.2 are encouraged to upgrade to PHP 5.3.
I don’t know how to put it any clearer than that so I just copied from the site. This is the end for 5.2.x. Upgrade or stagnate.
It saddens me that there is no “buy a core developer a beer” day. Most of the developers that work on PHP are doing so on a volunteer basis. If you get a chance, find one of them online and say thank you.