Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 20th Dec 2008 17:54 UTC
General Development IBM delves into what's new in PHP 5.3: Part-1 shows you the changes to the object-orientated capabilities, and Part-2 shows you the exciting new possibilities with real closures and lambda functions. ["Read more" for Kroc's personal commentary]
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Intl - icu integration
by robinh on Sun 21st Dec 2008 10:42 UTC
robinh
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2006-12-19

Your reviewer (and both IBM articles) fail to mention the new Unicode handling extension in 5.3 which is based on ICU (http://www.icu-project.org/, http://www.php.net/manual/en/book.intl.php). Fancy pants language gimmicks always get the fan-bhoys up in arms, but as a PHP pro I'd say that this Unicode stuff will improve the platform much more. Just think, even OSNews might be able to sort out their character encoding issues ;-)

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RE: Intl - icu integration
by wanker90210 on Mon 22nd Dec 2008 10:35 in reply to "Intl - icu integration"
wanker90210 Member since:
2007-10-26

For the last year or two I've had my site ran with php compiled with --enable-zend-multibyte and the rest of the stack (http, db, text files, ...) in UTF-8. Naturally it doesn't solve direction ltr and rtl issues, but I never have to bother about encodings.

I don't see the purpose of this unicode extension, to be honest, apart from perhaps solving 3.141'593 vs 3,141593 issues.

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