It's feature freeze time for PHP 5.3

Lukas Smith has stepped in to help Johannes Schl├╝ter close down the PHP 5.3 release cycle. The volume of commits has recently increased in anticipation of today's feature freeze deadline. I expect the Alpha release time frame will also see high activity. Eventually, increased tightening of criteria for patch acceptance will bring us to Beta and then Production releases. Lukas says "We are hoping to have a stable release of PHP 5.3 out by between mid September and mid October."

A couple of recent OCI8 changes have been merged to PHP 5.3 (and PHP 6).


  • Enhancement - Allow External Authentication (not supported on Windows). See http://news.php.net/php.cvs/51185
  • Enhancement - Reflection will show function & method arguments
  • Increase default oci8.default_prefetch from 10 to 100
  • Correctly define SQLT_BDOUBLE and SQLT_BFLOAT constants with Oracle 10g ORACLE_HOME builds

A PECL release with these changes will be coming next week.

As always - test early, and test often.

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