PHP 4 end of life announcement

There were some rumors spreading around that there would be no official PHP 4 End Of Life announcement. I have no clue for what such a saying should be good for, PHP 4’s EOL status is obviously history these days. And yes, sure there is an official statement, it was released on July 13th, 2007.

The PHP development team hereby announces that support for PHP 4 will continue until the end of this year only. After 2007-12-31 there will be no more releases of PHP 4.4. We will continue to make critical security fixes available on a case-by-case basis until 2008-08-08. Please use the rest of this year [2007] to make your application suitable to run on PHP 5.

Source: Official PHP 4 end of life announcement on; 2007 insertion by me.

The document is still online, so if you run over anyone telling, that there ain’t no announcment, point over there.

For those who haven’t made the step yet, there is a usefull PHP 4 to PHP 5 migration guide and for PHP 5.1, PHP 5.2 and PHP 5.3 as well. I have a PHP migration checklist in codex for that as well.

Read on: WordPress 3.0 and PHP 4 – What’s the deal?; PHP 4 is dead, long live PHP 4 by Carl Jongsma (Computerworld) on 11 August, 2008 08:29.

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5 Responses to PHP 4 end of life announcement

  1. Pingback: WordPress 3.0 and PHP 4 – What’s the deal? | hakre on wordpress

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  3. Allison Jackson says:

    PHP has its design faults, isn’t a joy to look at and has been often abused for some truly ugly code, being a common beginners’ choice.

    That said the main reason most commentors here dislike it is because it’s about as fashionable in Reddit as Dick Cheney. Hence the strained examples of possibly misleading/incompatible PHP code (which no sane person would ever write) and mentions of security holes that have been plugged back at 2001.

    Don’t take it too seriously – if the discussion in places like Reddit had any connection to reality (that is, if the people who comment/blog on languages would actually be writing code) Wikipedia, Facebook and Flickr would be running on Erlang, Haskell and Lisp. As it happens, they all run on PHP.

    Some people write code, some people opinions – few do both.

    • hakre says:

      PHP by default was a beginners choice and in the nature of the language to deal with the design flaws that every beginner has. That’s probably the recipe of it’s popularity or at least a reason for it’s success. Each generation has it’s heroes, and it looks like that PHP is such a story.

      I don’t get the joke about Dick Cheney, but that’s probably because of my cultural background.

      Anyway, Rasmus Lerdorf never held back about his skills of writing a parser, and it’s good to see the language evolve. You mostly compare against languages which communities are much more focussed around compilers which needs a much higher understanding and practice of computer science. So I would consider that the comparison is not really one.

      And you’re wrong about opinions, everybody, even those who write code, have opinions.

  4. srikanth ganta says:

    Reblogged this on Srikanth's Blog.

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