In a new post, Greg Beaver talks about a few things, the main one being a new release of the phar extension he's made - phar version 2.0.0a1 - a reworking of the previous functionality with loads of new features including:
- Phar now supports tar and zip archives with the same API that is supports phar archives.
- Phar has a front controller for web applications that fully handles MIME types, supports mod_rewrite-like functionality with far more flexibility
- Phar supports phar:// stream wrappers in include_path for PHP 5.2+
- Phar supports creation and modification of data-only tar and zip archives (no executable phar stub) via the PharData class.