FYI: PEAR DB is a PHP database abstraction layer.
I'll wait for a fix for PHP 5.0 or a version of PEAR that works with the new version before I test drive the new engine.
Among the new features on PHP 5.0 are:
- Zend Engine II with a new object model and dozens of new features
- XML support has been rewritten
- New SimpleXml extensions
- New built-in SOAP extensions (for interop with web services)
- New MySql extensions
- SQLite is bundled with this version of PHP
- Improvements to streams
and reportedly more...