Over a million developers have joined DZone.

PHP 7.0.0 Now Available

A list of some of the improvements to the long-lived web development language.

· Web Dev Zone

Start coding today to experience the powerful engine that drives data application’s development, brought to you in partnership with Qlik.

On December 3rd, the PHP Group released version 7.0.0 of the 20-year old scripting language that powers an enormous number of web applications. This new version has been in development for over two years, and follows the troubled development of PHP 6, which suffered from Unicode problems and had several features implemented into earlier versions of PHP as development of PHP 6 treaded water. Though there was never a stable release of PHP 6, the PHP Group skipped to 7 to avoid confusion due to 6’s bad reputation.

Some of the improvements of PHP 7 include:

  • Reduced memory usage, estimated to lead to a 100% performance speed increase in most applications.
  • Consistent 64-bit support.
  • Removal of outdated and unsupported SAPIs and PHP extensions.
  • Anonymous classes.
  • An update of the Zend Engine to version 3.0 to interpret PHP code.
  • An internal Abstract Syntax Tree for static analysis.
  • Emoji support.

You can find a full list of features at the PHP manual

According to the language's creator, Rasmus Lerdorf, there should be no problems migrating from any version of PHP from 5 on, and has provided a manual on the PHP site. Both Zend and Symfony have announced PHP 7 support for their respective frameworks as well. You can find source downloads of PHP 7.0.0 at this link.

It’s clear PHP has improved, but will you be updating any time soon? Let us know in the comments!

Create data driven applications in Qlik’s free and easy to use coding environment, brought to you in partnership with Qlik.

Topics:
php ,web dev ,scripting ,language

Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.

The best of DZone straight to your inbox.

SEE AN EXAMPLE
Please provide a valid email address.

Thanks for subscribing!

Awesome! Check your inbox to verify your email so you can start receiving the latest in tech news and resources.
Subscribe

{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}