We are excited to announce a new technical preview for SQLSRV and PDO_SQLSRV drivers for PHP. The driver supports the Microsoft ODBC Driver 17.3 (Preview) for SQL Server driver and includes some fixes and new features.
Notable items about the 5.4.0-preview release:
- Added support for PHP 7.3.0 RC1
- Added support for Azure AD Access Token (in Linux / macOS this requires MS ODBC Driver 17+ and unixODBC 2.3.6+)
- Feature Request #842 - new PDO_STMT_OPTION_FETCHES_DATETIME_TYPE flag for pdo_sqlsrv to return datetime as objects
- Feature Request #844 - add ReturnDatesAsStrings option to statement level for sqlsrv
- Compatible with ODBC Driver 17.3 CTP
- Dropped support for Ubuntu 17.10
- Dropped support for PHP 7.0 - Version 5.3 is the last to support PHP 7.0.
- Issue #434 - To avoid the pitfall that could result in a crash, before freeing stmt in the destructor check if its dbh driver data is NULL
- Pull Request #836 - Modified the config files to enable Spectre Mitigations (use /Qspectre switch) for PHP 7.2
- Pull Request #833 - Streamlined the error handling to remove a potential cause of crash
- No support for inout / output params when using sql_variant type
- In Linux and macOS, setlocale() only takes effect if it is invoked before the first connection. Attempting to set the locale after connecting will not work
- Always Encrypted requires MS ODBC Driver 17+
- Connection pooling on Linux or macOS is not recommended with unixODBC < 2.3.7
- When pooling is enabled in Linux or macOS
- unixODBC <= 2.3.4 (Linux and macOS) might not return proper diagnostic information, such as error messages, warnings and informative messages
- due to this unixODBC bug, fetch large data (such as xml, binary) as streams as a workaround. See the examples here
- With ColumnEncryption enabled, calling stored procedures with XML parameters does not work (Issue #674)
- With ColumnEncryption enabled, fetching varbinary(max), varchar(max) or nvarchar(max) may fail with ODBC Driver 17.3 CTP
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Direct downloads can be found on the Github release tag.