Earlier in the year, a new memcache extension was released for PHP by Andrei Zmievski, Core PHP Developer and Open Source Fellow at Digg.com. The extension is for dealing with memcache from PHP, and is called memcached (not to be confused with the existing extension, â€œmemcacheâ€). The idea behind the new extension is to leverage the functionality contained libmemcached - a solution which has been widely adopted across many scripting communities and beyond. The extension is available in PECL and has lots of shiny new functionality. This article looks at how to obtain and work with the new extension, and also shows off a couple of the new features it includes.