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First published on MSDN on Dec 11, 2018
Hi all,

We are excited to announce a new technical preview for SQLSRV and PDO_SQLSRV drivers for PHP. The drivers now support PHP 7.3 and include some fixes and new features.

Notable items about the 5.5.0-preview release:

Added



  • Added support for PHP 7.3.0

  • Added support for Linux Ubuntu 18.10 and mac OS Mojave

  • Feature Request #415 - new options at connection and statement levels for both drivers for formatting decimal values in the fetched results


Fixed



  • Pull Request #854 - Clear Azure Key Vault data after connection attributes are successfully set or when exception is thrown

  • Pull Request #855 - Improved performance by saving meta data before fetching and skipping unnecessary conversions for numeric data

  • Pull Request #865 - Corrected the way SQLPutData and SQLParamData are used when sending stream data to the server

  • Pull Request #878 - Modified the config files to enable Spectre Mitigations for PHP 7.1 (see related Request #836 )

  • Pull Request #891 - Improved performance of Unicode conversions

  • Pull Request #892 - Removed warning messages while compiling extensions


Limitations



  • No support for inout / output params when using sql_variant type

  • No support for inout / output params when formatting decimal values

  • 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+

    • Only Windows Certificate Store and Azure Key Vault are supported. Custom Keystores are not yet supported

    • Issue #716 - With Always Encrypted enabled, named parameters in subqueries are not supported

    • Always Encrypted limitations




Known Issues



  • 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 .

David Engel