Gifted: OCI8 1.3.0 Extension Beta

Good news for PHP propeller heads everywhere: a Beta of the OCI8 1.3.0 extension, which supports the Database Resident Connection Pooling feature in Oracle Database 11g, is now available (under the open-source PHP License) in the PECL repository. (You can also read a technical description of DRCP here.) The driver is backward-compatible to 9.2, but you'll need 11.1 and later to take advantage of DRCP, Fast Application Notification, and other new features.

Maintained by Wez Furlong (aka Dr. Evil), Andi Gutmans, Antony Dovgal, and Oracle's own Chris Jones, this new extension promises to bring yet more stability and scalability to Web applications built on Oracle+PHP. There is an ungodly amount of community energy out there around this (OPAL) stack -- still less than LAMP (to be expected), but growing to be sure. It's a worldwide phenomenon and Java fanboys everywhere have a right to be annoyed.


Hey Justin, Are you guys going to make a true competitor (OPAL) to LAMP available by releasing a new version of XE for 11g? but to make it viable for website content hosting a true security patch release / update scheme needs to also be included. cheers Pete

Posted by Pete Finnigan on October 09, 2007 at 12:22 PM PDT #

Pete - Yes, I am told that an 11g release of XE is planned (the usual "things can change" disclaimers apply). As for security patches/updates, keep in mind that no formal support is provided for XE - hence there is no practical means of providing them in a traditional "MetaLink" manner. Possibly product management plans to address this issue in some other way, but I don't have any personal knowledge about that one way or the other.

Posted by Justin Kestelyn on October 09, 2007 at 08:10 PM PDT #

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