Release candidates for PHP 5.2.10 and PHP 5.3.0
The PHP developers have announced the availability of the second release candidate (RC) of PHP 5.2.10 and the third RC of PHP 5.3.0. Both of the open source scripting language release candidates focus on bug fixes and stability improvements. PHP 5.2.10 is a maintenance release for the 5.2 development branch.
PHP 5.3, however, is a newly developed version of PHP that includes several fundamental extensions, as well as a number of new features. Some key new features in PHP 5.3 include namespaces, late static binding, NOWDOC syntax, lambda functions and closure classes and GOTO statements. A full list of changes can be found in the CVS NEWS file (formerly Change Log) and a PHP 5.3 guide to the upgrades is available.
The developers are asking users to thoroughly test both of the releases in a non-production environment and report any problems which they may experience.