A while ago I wrote about WordPress needing to get with the program and start implementing something other than MySQL_ for database access.
My vote was for moving to PDO (Php Data Objects). I didn’t get my way.
The WordPress development team just announced that they went with MySQLi_ (My Structured Query Language, improved).
Oh well, you can’t always have everything.
The good news for WordPress users, though, is that starting with WordPress 3.9, scheduled to be released this month, WordPress will use the improved MySQLi_ functions if it’s running on php 5.5 (and higher).
I wish they’d have made the change retroactive down to php 5.3 or 5.4, both of which are still commonly used. I guess they have their reasons. It’s probably easier to start from where we are with php than to go back and make a fix for versions that are on their way out.
I’ll take what I can get. In all, this will be a significant improvement. Hardly anyone will notice — and that’s exactly what makes it so significant.