Looking Ahead to PHP 5

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Posted on March 24, 2004 5:11 PM in Web Development
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Via Simon Willison's Weblog I found some great new articles from Zend today discussing some of the nifty features included in the yet-to-be-released PHP 5.

Zend's SQLite article is a great introduction to some of the features to be included for manipulation of SQLite databases. Their introduction to Tidy in PHP 5 looks very exciting – especially the information regarding beautifying documents. If you're looking for an easy way to clean up your (X)HTML, the tidy_parse_file() function may be your saving grace.

The most exciting article, in my opinion, however, is XML in PHP 5. XML support has always been sketchy at best in PHP, so it's good to read that they have completely overhauled their handling in version 5. The availability of the XPath handling alone is enough to have my imagination running wild.

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