[thelist] PHP Version

Phil Turmel pturmel-webdev at turmel.org
Thu Nov 1 06:08:07 CDT 2007

Santilal Parbhu wrote:
> Hi
> I have been using PHP 4.0.4pl1 built in Jan 12 2001 for about two years now.
> I want to use ctype_alnum  functions to validate input, but I think this
> version does not support this.  Can anyone give me some advice about which
> version I should be running.  I am learning to develop in php, but I am
> certainly no expert in setting up php, and I would like to avoid a lot of
> hazzles.  I am using XP.  Also where is the best place to download a new
> version?  My current version is Abria Merlin.

Something to consider from the PHP homepage: [1]

> PHP 4 end of life announcement [13-Jul-2007]
> Today it is exactly three years ago since PHP 5 has been released. In
> those three years it has seen many improvements over PHP 4. PHP 5 is
> fast, stable & production-ready and as PHP 6 is on the way, PHP 4
> will be discontinued.
> The PHP development team hereby announces that support for PHP 4 will
> continue until the end of this year only. After 2007-12-31 there
> will be
> no more releases of PHP 4.4. We will continue to make critical
> security fixes available on a case-by-case basis until 2008-08-08.
> Please use the rest of this year to make your application suitable
> to run on PHP 5.



[1] http://www.php.net/

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