On Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM, Jim Giner <jim.gi...@albanyhandball.com> wrote:
> So with the announced end of the mysql functions (and switching to a
> different extension), one would think that my isp/hoster would be a bit more
> interested in my dilemma.  I tried today to create my first mysqli-based
> test script and found that I didn't have that extension.  A series of emails
> with my tech support told me that the shared server farm does not get
> "mysqli" - only their business servers.  Since I dont' have a need for and
> want to pay more for a 'business server', I'm told I'm s... outta luck.
> Any idea on the approximate date when mysql truly goes away - ie, when is
> the proposed (next) update that will completely refuse to recognize it?
> Might be ammunition for me.

    There is no date yet, but I can say that just today the first
serious discussion regarding the first release of the PHP 5.5 branch
occurred, with a (very) preliminary target date of February or March
of 2013.  It's far more likely to see such a major BC change in at
least a new minor branch.  As for that happening in either the 5.4 or
5.3 series, I wouldn't consider that a serious possibility by any

    As for your hosting provider, it baffles me why they wouldn't
support MySQLi, but a quick evaluation shows they still use old
versions of Apache and OpenSSL, and are still using unpatched versions
of PHP 5.2 in production.  That said, they might keep their
non-business support to a bare minimum to help control cost, though it
does sacrifice some security and functionality.

</Daniel P. Brown>
Network Infrastructure Manager

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