[wp-hackers] Drop PHP4 support entirely?
lists07 at wiltgen.net
Sun Jul 8 22:29:21 GMT 2007
>> Whoa there, I think this is just about resources for most of us.
>> Supporting multiple major releases of PHP has a cost.
> OK - that was a little dramatic of me. But the "force a change"
> attitude makes it feel implicitly political to me.
I can understand that. I prefer to think of it as "leading a change".
> So I just meant to suggest that market bravado is not particularly
> WordPress's resonsibility.
I don't disagree. Where we see things differently, I think, is that I don't
see a public commitment to the effect of "WordPress 3 will require PHP 5" as
>From my POV, saying that "WordPress 3 will require PHP 5" is incredibly
conservative. PHP 5 is already three years old, and nobody's talking about
killing a PHP 4-compatible WordPress 2.x.
Within some number of years WordPress will /have/ to require PHP 5, if just
for security updates. In my opinion, it /is/ a failure of leadership* on
our part if we can't give infrastucture providers and users a year-long
heads-up that a requirements change is coming.
If we don't give enough advance notice, then the whole thing becomes a
self-fulfilling prophecy, and the WordPress project may in fact become
responsible for prematurely adding one or two years to widespread PHP 5
adoption, not to mention PHP 6 adoption.
*By "leadership", I don't mean any one person. I mean us.
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