Now that PHP has grown to be a popular scripting language, there are a lot of public repositories and libraries containing code you can reuse. The PHP developers have largely tried to preserve backwards compatibility, so a script written for an older version will run (ideally) without changes in a newer version of PHP. In practice, some changes will usually be needed.
Two of the most important recent changes that affect old code are:
$HTTP_*_VARSarrays (which need to be indicated as global when used inside a function or method). The following superglobal arrays were introduced in PHP » 4.1.0. They are:
$_SESSION. The older
$HTTP_*_VARSarrays, such as
$HTTP_POST_VARS, still exist as they have since PHP 3. As of PHP 5.0.0, the long PHP predefined variable arrays may be disabled with the register_long_arrays directive.
php.ini. The preferred method of accessing these values is via the superglobal arrays mentioned above. Older scripts, books, and tutorials may rely on this directive being on. If it were on, for example, one could use
$idfrom the URL
http://www.example.com/foo.php?id=42. Whether on or off,
For more details on these changes, see the section on predefined variables and links therein.