[Phpmyadmin-devel] going to PHP 5-only

Sebastian Mendel lists at sebastianmendel.de
Thu Jun 14 17:31:25 CEST 2007

Thijs Kinkhorst schrieb:
> On Thu, June 14, 2007 13:39, Marc Delisle wrote:
>> phpMyAdmin has been invited by a group of well-known open source projects
>> to participate in an initiative that is meant to promote PHP 5 and break
>> the cycle where web hosts are not encouraged to upgrade to 5 because apps
>> works on 4.
>> Specifically, if we agree to this, effective 5 February 2008, any
>> new-feature release will have a minimum required PHP version of 5.2.0.
>> I like the idea of a group of projects doing this (so no one is
>> penalized by being the first); I am in favor of this and would like your
>> feedback.
> I'm not a member of the development team, but I'm missing the most
> important thing here: what are the concrete gains??

less code
better code
taking advantage of many new features/functions in PHP 5
speed (not emulating functionality in userspace implemented native in PHP
less testing
less bugs

making life easier for us developers resulting in more power to develop new
functionality for phpMyAdmin

> The most concrete drawback is that it will be hurting those users who have
> no control over their host's PHP config or have other reasons not to
> upgrade to PHP 5 yet.

so i could ask back: what should this reasons be?
btw. it is not difficult ot run two PHP versions (4 and 5) on one host

> [...]
> And if you decide to move to PHP5 only, how will PHP4-bound users be
> security-supported?

i don't think that it is a problem to maintain a security branch for PHP 4
version of phpMyAdmin

don't forgat, we are tlaking about 2008!


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