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Johannes Schluter's Blog:
Easter - Don't just look for eggs but also for bugs
March 21, 2008 @ 11:29:41

Johannes Schluter recommends that, this Easter, you not only enjoy the holiday and hunt some eggs but also do a little bug hunting at the same time:

Around Easter there are different holidays, in Germany for instance Friday and Monday are holidays. This gives you some time without annoying customers and colleagues asking you to do stuff. So what could you PHP geeks do when getting bored? - A good idea is to test PHP development snapshots.

The PHP group has put out the second release candidate for PHP 5.2.6 and is looking for a few good testers to help them find whatever issues may lie deep in its code. Accoring to Johannes, though, not much should be broken this time. It's PHP 5.3 everyone should really watch out for...

So grab a snapshot and get testing!

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SitePoint PHP Blog:
PHP's "doggie" easter egg
January 09, 2006 @ 07:11:52

Spurred on by a post on digg.com over the weekend, Kevin Yank has listed out all of the "easter egg" images that are integrated into the actual PHP installation.

An apparent easter egg in some versions of PHP will display a picture of a dog when any PHP script is loaded with a particular query string.

This has been around awhile, but it's news to me.

If you're concerned about the security implications of revealing your PHP version to the masses, be sure to disable the expose_php option in your php.ini file, which also makes this easter egg go away.

While I agree that this is a "neat little toy" to discover with PHP, it does create some potential problems. Thankfully, though, it's easy enough to disable - though those on shared hosting environments might want to make a call to their hosts right now if they have critical apps on their account...

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