PHP 5.3 Alpha Released

PHP 5.3 Alpha Released

An alpha (early test) version of PHP 5.3 has been released:

PHP 5.3 alpha1 released!

What interests me the most about this release is that it contains a number of features that were originally planned for PHP 6.x, such as namespaces, but are now being back-ported to PHP 5.3.x which is really nice:


The Phar extension also looks really interesting to me, which appears to be a very similar concept to the .war files I build every day during my Java-based day job:


Some excellent features coming our way with PHP 6.x!

John Collins

I have been writing about web technology and software development since 2001. I am the developer of the Alpha Framework for PHP, and the personal productivity app. I love open source, technology, and economics.

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