Beginning of the PHP 5.6.0 release cycle
The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of
PHP 5.6.0alpha2. This release adds new features and fixes bugs.
All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully,
and report any bugs in the bug tracking system.
THIS IS A DEVELOPMENT PREVIEW - DO NOT USE IT IN PRODUCTION!
PHP 5.6.0alpha2 comes with a number of new features, including:
- Peer certificates are now verified by default when connecting to SSL/TLS servers
- An exponentiation operator has been added: **
- Output encoding handling has been simplified by using default_charset as the default character encoding
For more information about the new features you can check out the work-in-progress
or you can read the full list of changes in the
NEWS file contained
in the release archive.
For source downloads of PHP 5.6.0alpha2 please visit
the download page. Windows binaries
can be found on windows.php.net/qa/.
Our third alpha should show up on the 27th of February.
Thank you for helping us make PHP better.