Its been an important year for PHP. The next major release of the now 20-year-old script language is designed and finally a new major version is finally coming our way! PHP 7 is scheduled for release before the end of the year, bringing many new language features and an impressive performance boost. Some features we can already talk about because they are already being implemented.
The new PHP is compared to its predecessor be much faster under the version number 5.6. So in announcements of up to twice the speed of the speech, compared to PHP 5.0 the next PHP is probably even 14 times faster. It will ultimately be interesting how the revised engine with Facebooks HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine) can hold their own, their performance results had led to the current developments.
PHP 7 is also 64-bit capable; New operators such as zero Coalescing (??) and Combined Comparison (<=>) should also allow for a more compact notation of complex algorithms. The backwards compatibility to PHP 5.x is intended to be preserved, developed with PHP 4.x systems have to be replaced, however, since you said goodbye to some older and no longer supported APIs. We are currently on release candidate cycles, and a beta version is already available for tests.
Top Features for PHP 7-
- Huge Performance Improvements
- JIT Engine
- AST: Abstract Syntax Tree
- Asynchronous Programming
- Standalone Multi-threading Web Server
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