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Adam Trachtenberg is the Director of the LinkedIn Developer Network, where he oversees developer relations and marketing for the LinkedIn Platform. Before LinkedIn, Adam worked at eBay in platform product management and marketing. Even earlier, he co-founded Student.Com and TVGrid.com. Adam is the author of PHP Cookbook and Upgrading to PHP 5. He lives in San Francisco.

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Why PHP 5 Rocks!

I have a new article up on the O’Reilly Network: Why PHP 5 Rocks!.

This piece covers all the reasons I’m very excited about PHP 5, and in particular lists my top seven favorite features. In short, they are:

  • Robust Support for OOP
  • Completely Rewritten MySQL Extension
  • A Suite of Interoperable XML Tools
  • An Embedded Database with SQLite
  • Cleaner Error Handling with Exceptions
  • A First-Class SOAP Implementation
  • Iterators

For more details, you’ll need to read the article. In a few weeks, I’ll try and run a companion piece, Why PHP 5 Sucks!, which will go ahead and attack all the points I made in my original article.

Am I schizophrenic? Maybe, but it sounds fun nevertheless. It also ties into my OSCON session Why PHP 5 Sucks! Why PHP 5 Rocks!, so it’s a good way for me to get moving on my slides.

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