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Which is the most stable version of PHP ?

Hello, I went to the PHP download page and found two versions: 4.3.10 AND 5.0.3

It does not talk about which one is the most stable.

Please help

Mike
Jul 17 '05 #1
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I am not sure ! However, in my view, we should use 4.3.1 if you want to
study about PHP, because it is more popular than 5.0 one ! In my
experience, I face to manu problems when changing to the newer version.
At the end, I must come back to 4.3.1 !

Jul 17 '05 #2
4.3.10 is the most stable version of PHP 4, while 5.0.3 is the most stable
version of PHP 5

PHP 5 is the *new* version of PHP which has an update object model. Take a
look at http://www.zend.com/php5/index.php for details.

Most web hosting services are still using PHP 4. Although PHP 5.0.3 is
pretty stable I don't think they will upgrade until 5.1.0 comes out.

Hope this helps.
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"Meetul Kinarivala" <si*********@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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Hello, I went to the PHP download page and found two versions: 4.3.10 AND
5.0.3

It does not talk about which one is the most stable.

Please help

Mike

Jul 17 '05 #3
I thinh we should use 4.3.1 because it is more popular as well as
supported, now ! In my experience, I try the new one, however I faced
many problems, and must come back to 4.3.1 ver !

Jul 17 '05 #4
Both versions are stable. You will find 90% of hosting companies are
still using PHP 4.x. Personally I think some hosts are lazy when
upgrading PHP.

The biggest change in PHP5 by far is the new engine, Zend Engine II.

You can read about this here: http://www.zend.com/php5/zend-engine2.php
along with many other changes in PHP 5. A summary is provided in the
original 5.0.0 announcement here: http://www.php.net/news-2004.php

Personally I would develop for PHP 4 as it's still got the majority of
server usage, and scripts will run in PHP 5 with zero or tiny
modification.

Jul 17 '05 #5
Andrew wrote:
Both versions are stable. You will find 90% of hosting companies are
still using PHP 4.x. Personally I think some hosts are lazy when
upgrading PHP.
Could you post a link to any of those non-lazy 10%? I'm looking for one :-)
The biggest change in PHP5 by far is the new engine, Zend Engine II.

You can read about this here: http://www.zend.com/php5/zend-engine2.php
along with many other changes in PHP 5. A summary is provided in the
original 5.0.0 announcement here: http://www.php.net/news-2004.php

Personally I would develop for PHP 4 as it's still got the majority of
server usage, and scripts will run in PHP 5 with zero or tiny
modification.


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Jul 17 '05 #6
PHP 4.3.8
Regards,
Ramiro Varandas Jr

Jul 17 '05 #7
"Meetul Kinarivala" <si*********@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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Hello, I went to the PHP download page and found two versions: 4.3.10 AND 5.0.3
It does not talk about which one is the most stable.

Please help

Mike


PHP 5.0.3 seems to be fairly stable. Other the other hand, 4.3.X is actually
out there serving up millions of pages each day, so it's proven to be
stable.
Jul 17 '05 #8
Meetul Kinarivala wrote:
Hello, I went to the PHP download page and found two versions: 4.3.10 AND
5.0.3

It does not talk about which one is the most stable.

Please help

Mike


I am currently using both 4.3.10 and 5.0.3 extensively, and have noticeda
absolutely no differences between then in terms of stability. both have
those quirky little PHP bugs that you just get used to quickly, but i have
seen nothing that would compel one to avoid the 5.0.x series at all ....
mark.

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Jul 17 '05 #9

Meetul Kinarivala wrote:
Hello, I went to the PHP download page and found two versions: 4.3.10 AND 5.0.3
It does not talk about which one is the most stable.

Please help

Mike


They are both very stable, but there is one exception. PHP 5.0.x isn't
very stable with the new Apache 2.0. Other than that, your good to go!

Jul 17 '05 #10
I use www.speedpacket.com, they're usually up to date. Belgium based but
the staff are english speakers

Kelvin

On Sat, 29 Jan 2005 12:43:23 +0100, Rutger Claes <ne**@rgc.be> wrote:
Andrew wrote:
Both versions are stable. You will find 90% of hosting companies are
still using PHP 4.x. Personally I think some hosts are lazy when
upgrading PHP.


Could you post a link to any of those non-lazy 10%? I'm looking for one
:-)
The biggest change in PHP5 by far is the new engine, Zend Engine II.

You can read about this here: http://www.zend.com/php5/zend-engine2.php
along with many other changes in PHP 5. A summary is provided in the
original 5.0.0 announcement here: http://www.php.net/news-2004.php

Personally I would develop for PHP 4 as it's still got the majority of
server usage, and scripts will run in PHP 5 with zero or tiny
modification.


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Jul 17 '05 #11
Thats a point. Can someone elaborate on this ?

Jul 17 '05 #12

siliconmike wrote:
Thats a point. Can someone elaborate on this ?

Which point are you referring to?

Jul 17 '05 #13
This point. What made you write so? Is it something critical ?
"PHP 5.0.x isn't
very stable with the new Apache 2.0"

Jul 17 '05 #14
I apologize for taking so long to get back to this message, I forgot
about it.

I don't know what the problem is between PHP5 and Apache2. All I know
is that there are warnings everywhere stating not to use them together.

I was recently talking to an Apache hacker about the issues, and I
really didn't understand what he was talking about. I'm just a lowly
scripter trying to learn Java at the moment. But if you are still
interesting in this topic, try an Apache group or a C programming group
(Apache is written in C).

Sorry I'm not much help.
--TekWiz

Jul 17 '05 #15
On 29 Jan 2005 12:46:14 -0800, "TekWiz" <te****@twarlick.net> wrote:
Meetul Kinarivala wrote:
Hello, I went to the PHP download page and found two versions: 4.3.10

AND 5.0.3

It does not talk about which one is the most stable.

Please help

Mike


They are both very stable, but there is one exception. PHP 5.0.x isn't
very stable with the new Apache 2.0. Other than that, your good to go!


The Oracle (oci8) extension seems to have issues resulting in intermittent
crashes in PHP5 that don't happen in PHP4 - these persist in PHP 5.0.3. If it
weren't for this I'd have upgraded since the rest of PHP5 is good.

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Jul 17 '05 #16

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