[development] Go PHP 5, Go!

Caleb Gilbert caleb.gilbert at gmail.com
Tue Jun 26 19:57:02 UTC 2007

In considering where to draw the line on PHP4 vs PHP5, isn't erring
(slightly) on the side of 'early adoption' much better for Drupal's brand
than erring on the side of 'falling behind the technology
curve'....especially considering that the strength of Drupal's brand
primarily *is* that of being a CMS-whatcha'm-thingy for advanced

There is more than this version migration to consider -  PHP6 is actually
nearing release after all. While this may seem like an annoying thing to
consider since PHP5 and Drupal hasn't even been settled yet - history of
online technology would seem to suggest that if
CMS's/web-frame-work's/whatever's which is currently built upon PHP snoozes,
it may be leaving itself open to having someone (or in this case, another
open source project) raise the technological bar on them overnight.

For those who haven't seen the features of PHP6 yet -
http://www.corephp.co.uk/archives/19-Prepare-for-PHP-6.html (e.g.,
integrated APC, always-on FastCGI, and more)  - it's seems well worth
plotting a course to get there as soon as *reasonably* possible (even if
that is a couple/few years from now).

- Caleb
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