I have been maintaining several WordPress blogs (all currently running 2.8.3 as of the time of writing). I logged in earlier today, and found that there was a new release. Of course, I wanted to have them all updated at the soonest possible time. By practice, I download the zipped file to apply them manually
My last PHP project was almost a year and a half ago. I started working in PHP eversince college. Moved on to Java, Python and now, Ruby. I must say, PHP was the longest scripting language I used in my entire professional programming career. Maybe because it was the easiest language to learn (and abuse).