NewsFactor article: Will PHP 5 Live Up to Its Billing?
"PHP, the open-source scripting language popular in Web applications, is undergoing major renovations. The new version, PHP 5, already has appeared in three public betas and will be in a fourth beta shortly. The development team is aiming for May 2004 availability.
PHP 5 promises Web developers an environment that contains a revised object-oriented programming approach, better XML support, and built-in SQL database capabilities. While those changes may sound trivial, they are nothing short of a major improvement in a language that is being used more and more in large enterprises."