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LinuxPower: Interview with the PHP Team

Nov 15, 1999, 18:29 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Erik, Jeremy)

"PHP is a server-side scripting language which is embedded in your HTML. One of its largest strengths (in my opinion) is the ease with which it interacts with databases. In some ways, PHP is much like Perl in that it is used in the creation of dynamic web pages. The next version of PHP, PHP 4, is currently in beta. It is powered by a new backend engine, Zend, which, well, read below to find out more...."

"Jeremy: What prompted the writing of the Zend engine as a backend for PHP 4?"
"Andi: After Zeev and I completed the PHP 3 engine we were not happy with its speed, limitations and architecture. Therefore, at some point we decided to completely rewrite it from scratch."

"Jeremy: Outside of Zend, what are the other new features in PHP 4?"
"Stig: We've done a lot of work on the build process on UNIX, making each function module (extension) and server module independent and self-contained. It will also be much easier for vendors distributing PHP to build dynamically loadable PHP extensions. The session support looks to become the most popular new feature, but there is lots more functionality in 4.0: native support for AOLserver, an FTP client extension, multiple file uploads, being able to read multi-dimensional arrays from get/post/cookie data, output buffering, a whole bunch of new array manipulation functions and improvements to existing extensions. And most important: it takes ages to compile now. :-) "

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