Having tested the Alpha, I am thrilled at the features of PHP 5 but at the same time not jumping up and down with glee, given the history it will be at least one more year before I use it in my production environment. See change log at http://www.php.net/ChangeLog-5.php
That said, PHP5 for me will definitely redefine a whole lot of things for me in terms of programming style as it incorporates a lot of real OOP features.
A question is everyone’s mind is about unbundling of MySQL client library from PHP due to license issues. At the onset it looks bad BUT if you read around carefully you will notice the MySQL extension itself is not gone – it is just not bundled with the PHP download.
Lets see whom it hurts more MySQL or PHP – IMO it will be MySQL.
As an aside notice PostgreSQL is under BSD Licence
Ugh – but this is the place to say this…
I have been wondering if I as a developer distributed only PHP scripts would I be in violation of the MYSQL GPL?
As I understand GPL – No! I am not incorporating any part of MySQL code into my scripts nor am I distributing any part of MySQL code.