PHP 5.3.3/5.2.14 Released

Ok first, for those that just want think links:

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.

PHP 5.3.3 Release

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 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)

PHP 5.2.14

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.

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PCs. For the past 10 years, Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is happily married to wife 1.32, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at and is the founder and host of Nomad PHP