Thanks to everyone who kindly responded with
their views regarding whether or not PHP v.4.2.3.
is a "beta" version or not a "beta" version.
Because the opinions offered were so adamant and
so contradictory, I contacted Zend. I just received
the reply (below)...
Hi Jill, Nice talking with you the other day and thanks
for your follow-up email. PHP v. 4.2.3 is definitely not
a beta version. I checked with Zev Suraski who is one
of the developers of the Zend engine, the scripting
language that powers PHP.
At 09:16 PM 11/7/02 -0700, you wrote:
>At 02:38 PM 11/7/02 -0600, Jill S wrote:
>>so again I'll ask - Are the 4.2.3 downloads at the top of the
>>page at: http://www.php.net/downloads/ "beta versions" or
>4.2.3 is currently the latest stable released version of PHP. Yes, that
>means NOT BETA.
>Anything that makes it to the downloads page is stable code.
>4.3.0 should be out soon, but is not yet considered stable. It has also
>passed the BETA state and is in its second pre-release final testing.
>If you want to get it you have to look at snaps.php.net or the CVS
>server. Code from these sources is under active development and at any
>given time may not even compile. (Not that it happens often.) I can
>understand why a hosting provider might not want to run them. On the other
>hand I switched to PHP4 at Beta 2 and never looked back.
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