It has been a while since I blogged. I've been busy with several things such as ApacheCon Europe and a week holiday at the Lofoten . But new exiting things are on the program. First of all PHP is finally getting ready for Unicode support--with brand new major version number "6". It is going to take quite some time to convert all the extensions to make use of this in a proper way. For me that means that I've to check the mcrypt extension (as that uses binary data and not strings), add locale support with ICU's new locale functions to the date extension. I will also be working on porting the other PHP functions that make use of the system locale to make use of the ICU locale system instead. Besides that I drafted a proposal for a new filter extension to safely deal with input variables. Stay tuned!