we are proud to announce the beta version of the MySQL native driver for PHP: mysqlnd 5.0.1-beta. The software is available for download on http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/php-mysqlnd.
The MySQL native driver for PHP is an additional, alternative way to connect from PHP 5 and PHP 6 to the MySQL Server 4.1 or newer. It is a replacement for libmysql, the MySQL Client Library. From now on you can use ext/mysqli either together with libmysql as you did in the past or with mysqlnd. The MySQL native driver for PHP can connect to MySQL Servers 4.1 or newer.
As stated before, we have no plans to remove libmysql support from ext/mysqli, which would break existing applications.
The 5.0.1-beta release covers the functionality of the libmysql beside some functions that are marked as experimental in the ext/mysqli documentation. The following additions have been implemented since the release of 5.0.0-alpha:
- Support for Prepared Statements
- Support for Unicode
- Support for PHP 5
- Performance statistics: mysqli_get_client_stats(), mysqli_get_connection_stats()
Please contribute to the development on the mailing list email@example.com and share your ideas. See http://lists.mysql.com for details how to subscribe to the list.
Please check the download page on http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/php-mysqlnd for Installation instructions.