When I started the book Build your own Database driven website 4th edition, I started getting problems in chapter 4 (I can't remember what) that I had to upgrade to PHP version 5.3 to solve. Not a big deal afterall, I was upgrading.
Then about a week ago, I started getting an fatal error for mysqli_connect which I had to DOWNGRADE to 5.2.11 to resolve (weird but whatever as long as it worked).
Now I started getting an error that the Apache http server stopped working when I tried to query a table in the database that was populated. The interesting thing was that while the EXACT same table was unpopulated the script ran fine...nothing came from the query, but at least I wouldn't get the error.
Now the way I corrected the problem is to REUPGRADE to PHP 5.3.
I have two questions...
1. Am I the only one these type of issues are happening to?
2. How stable is PHP?