New PHP Doc and Software

A nice tandem announcement: The Underground PHP Oracle Manual 1.4 has been published, and Zend Core for Oracle 2.0 is out. On top of that, a couple weeks ago we published a nice two-part guide to creating PHP apps that use database-based authentication (specifically, the venerable Virtual Private Database feature).

The OPAL stack (see Chris Jones' great blog on this subject) is really becoming a nice alternative to LAMP, in situations where it makes sense to explore one. (The PHP Discussion Forum on OTN is raging!) I still find it pretty hard to believe though that so many people in the PHP community don't even know that Oracle Database XE exists, even though I encounter that fact on a weekly basis.

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