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509. PHP 5 End of Life for Active Support - 7 Minutes Lately in PHP podcast episode 79

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December was the month for which the last version of PHP 5.6 series had support for regular bug fixes. From now on only security bugs will be fixed.

This was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins on the episode 79 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

In this episode they also talk about an article that shows the whole evolution in terms of performance since PHP 5.0 through PHP 7.1 and PHP 8 or 7.2 version, as well the usual proposals for the next PHP version like magic casting, decorator classes, throwable error code types, C# property like accessors, etc..

This article also contains a podcast summary as a text transcript and a 7 minute video.

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498. PHP 7.1 Performance Benchmark Shows it is 27 Times Faster than PHP 5 - 5 Minutes Lately in PHP podcast episode 78

Updated on: 2016-12-23

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Now that PHP 7.1 was released pure CPU benchmarks reveal it is 27 times faster than PHP 5.0. This was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins on the episode 78 of the Lately in PHP podcast now also being streamed using livecoding.tv.

In this episode they also talk about the upcoming PHP 5.6 end of life, features being deprecated and more being proposed for PHP 7.2 like interval comparison, type locked variables, function overloading by extensions, the latest PHP modern practices evolution steps, etc..

This article also contains a 5 minute video and the transcript of the podcast summary.

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493. PHP Performance Comparison 2017 and 2016 - PHP Benchmark Script to Figure How Each PHP Version Compare in Speed Improvements between PHP 5 vs PHP 7.0 vs 7.1 with OpCache vs PHP 8 or PHP 7.2 with a PHP JIT Features

Updated on: 2017-04-10

Posted on: 4 months ago

Since its creation in 1994 by Rasmus Lerdorf, the PHP language has gone through many improvements. Performance is one of the main criteria developers consider when they evaluate upgrading to a newer version.

Read this article to learn how performance improved across the latest PHP versions starting from PHP 5 up to the latest developments, including the recent version 7.1 with opcache optimizations, as well as the experimental JIT branch that will be become part of PHP 8 or PHP 7.2 the next version.


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487. Faster PHP Debugging using Session Replay - Lately in PHP podcast episode 77

Updated on: 2016-12-23

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One of the greatest time consuming problems of current PHP debuggers is to step over some code that leads to some unexpected results, but if you want to get back and understand why it went wrong, you need to restart the debug session from scratch.

Now there is a better debugger extension named DontBug that allows to go back and replay code execution steps. This was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins on the episode 77 of the Lately in PHP podcast now also being streamed using livecoding.tv.

In this episode they also commented proposals to make PDO support driver specific parameters and debug emulated prepared statements, adding generic object type hinting, implementing big number math with OpenSSL, among other proposals of great interest for the next PHP releases.

This article also contains the transcript of the podcast summary.

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482. The Best PHP IDE 2017 and 2016 Comparison - The Most Popular Editors for Development under Windows, Mac and Linux either Open Source, Free or Commercial

Updated on: 2017-04-21

Posted on: 5 months ago

Most PHP developers use an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) to become more productive. There several PHP IDEs, some more advanced than others, some are commercial and others are free.

Read this article to compare the features of some of the most popular IDEs being used by PHP developers, so you can decide which one suits you best.


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481. PHP Modern Practices Latest Evolution Steps

Updated on: 2016-12-23

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For the last years PHP has gone through a great evolution steps, not just in terms of the language itself, but also in the practices that the developers that write PHP code apply to do their job.

Some of those evolution steps are very well known, but others only recently are having noticeable consequences.

Read this article to learn more about the recent modern practices that have been helping the lives of PHP developers, as well something cool you can expect for the near future.


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469. PHP 8 Performance to be Boosted with a JIT engine - Lately in PHP podcast episode 76

Updated on: 2016-12-23

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Recently Dmitry Stogov of Zend announced that he is restarting the work on JIT engine that eventually will boost the performance of PHP 8.

These great news was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Johnny Mast on the episode 76 of the Lately in PHP podcast now also being streamed using livecoding.tv.

In this episode they also commented about new proposals for PHP like having both PHP 5 and PHP 7 builds running on the same Web server, single entry PHP apps for reducing the overhead of application bootstrap code, type strict comparisons, built-in request and response objects in PHP, among other topics.

This article also contains the transcript of the podcast summary.

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461. Lately in PHP in Livecoding.tv - Lately in PHP podcast episode 75

Updated on: 2016-12-23

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Livecoding.tv is a live streaming site that allows developers to stream themselves working on code of their projects. The episode 75 of the Lately in PHP podcast 75 is the first episode to be streamed using livecoding.tv presented by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins as always.

In this episode thei also talked about the PHP proposals for immutable objects, searching for text on the beginning and end of strings, disallowing null object parameters in the get_class call, removing UTF-8 to ISO Latin 1 conversion functions and deprecate bundling PEAR/PECL and replace with composer/pickle.

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435. Will Lazy Statements Make PHP 7 Programming More Efficient ? Lately in PHP podcast episode 74

Updated on: 2016-12-23

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A recent proposal is being discussed for PHP 7 feature called lazy statements. It would allow developers to assign values to variables based on code that is only executed when the variable is accessed for the first time, thus avoiding executing the code if the variable ends up never being accessed.

That was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 74 of the Lately in PHP podcast hangout.

They also talked about the HTTPoxy vulnerability that affects some important PHP projects, as well the usual proposals for upcoming PHP versions like autoloading for global functions, different syntax for returning $this for classes that provide fluent interfaces, support for arbitrary method in the built-in PHP Web server, a new structured object notation for creating objects, etc..

They also mentioned features to be discontinued in PHP 7.1 like SSL 2 support and some extensions that will not ship with PHP 7.1 anymore.

This article includes a transcript of the podcast summary.

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416. PHP Using Too Much Memory - Lately in PHP podcast episode 73

Updated on: 2016-12-23

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PHP memory usage can be limited in its configuration, but there are some cases that may cause PHP to request a very large amount of memory, in some cases due to bugs.

That was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 73 of the Lately in PHP podcast hangout.

They also talked about the latest proposals for PHP next versions like throwing exceptions when a function call misses a required argument, getting name of a type of variable consistent with type hinting naming, making PHP extension throw exception on errors, and the end of life of PHP 5.5 and PHP 7.1.0 feature freeze and the latest alpha releases.

This article includes a transcript of the podcast summary.

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