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Ligaya Turmelle's Blog:
Why use PHP5?
June 05, 2006 @ 05:53:27

On her blog today, Ligaya Turmelle brings up some comments made previously by Rasmus himself to answer the question "why use PHP5?" and encourage adoption of this powerful version.

Noticed an interesting thread on the PHP-general mailing list. The original thread was someone asking why should the world start adopting PHP5. Rasmus came back and answered the question with a list of benefits of making the change (using 5.1 not 5.0). Now I admit to not working with any of these, but many of them certainly look interesting enough for a second glance.

The items listed include:

  • SimpleXML
  • Improved DOM support
  • the inclusion of xmlreader/xmlwriter
  • SOAP functionality
  • a native date/time mechanism

The PHP5 adoption rate is slowly on the rise as more and more development is done on it, but it's still surprising to me how much of the world is still back in PHP4-only land.

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