Davey Shafik announced that the Pear package PHP_CompatInfo has released version 1.0.0. Combined with PHP_Compat, this should give developers the ability to check and repair prerequisites and assumptions in the package during installation. In theory, this means code that can attempt to adapt to the version of PHP you are running for automagic backwards compatibility. Hopefully, the Pear installer will also use the now stable PHP_CompatInfo functionality to at least warn users when they are attempting to install a Pear package without the necessary requirements. Three cheers for PHP_CompatInfo and all the user-friendly practices it will promote.