Subject Re: [Firebird-general] PHP is droping support for Interbase/Firebird in PHP5.3.x
Author marius popa
On Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 12:08 AM, Dan Wilson
<dwilson@...> wrote:
> Lester Caine wrote:
>> Just to let people know.
>> CURRENTLY the php_interbase driver has been dropped from PHP as of PHP5.3.0 so
>> IF you want to use Firebird with PHP then you are stuck with PHP5.2.6 and
>> hopefully 5.2.7 when some windows builds of the RC appear.
>> This has come about because the current driver needs a fairly major rewrite to
>> make all of the changes brought about by the PHP goal posts being moved
>> drastically. PHP5.3 is a fairly major restructure - which even THEY can not
>> agree on yet - and is incompatible with the 5.2 code base.
>> It would be nice if people could add a little support to the pressure to get
>> the problems sorted out!
> Sounds like all the more reason for us to work on creating a new
> php_firebird driver. I have hesitated to volunteer to help on this as I
> am seriously overbooked as it is, but the state of affairs you have
> described will rapidly become a show-stopper.
> Are the php devs open to accepting a php_firebird driver into the
> codebase, if one is written by people outside the php dev world?

Don't rush yet because now there is an migration to pdo from what i uderstand
at least that is the microsoft+zend+ibm+oracle push

So on our to do list is :
1. build php5.3 with visual studio and send them the binaries for the
extension (see the php wiki)
2. fix the firebird blob issues that are still left in the php
bugtracking system
3. take the firebird pdo extension out of the experimental stage

After that we can do an good fork :)
but it's easy we just need to push the php firebird api and function
aliases first
and i think we can do some ifdef for firebird api specific for the beginning
until they decide that we worth and extension space

> Thanks for the heads-up!
> Dan.
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