PHP 7 Is On the Way

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PHP 7 is one of the major updates to the server-side scripting language, delivering marvelous performance improvement and excellent capabilities together with deprecation of some existing features. Performance enhancements will anchor by this release that comes from the phpng branch of the PHP tree.

The progress of phpng and PHP 7 are discussed by the officials from PHP tools vendor Zend Technologies at the company’s ZendCon conference in Silicon Valley this week. Zend CEO Andi Gutmans, who has been involved in the ongoing development of PHP said, “[The upgrade is] really focused on helping real-world applications perform significantly faster and plus, we’re going to have additional improvements in PHP.” There will be no PHP 6 but the recent versions of PHP have been part of the 5.x release series.


Gutmans also added, “We’re going to skip [version] 6 because years ago, we had plans for a 6 but those plans were very different from what we’re doing now”. Some confusion is also avoided by version 7. We have seen phpng improvements in version 7 on the areas like hash tables and memory allocation. Through the chart presented on the state of phpng as of this month, we come to know that the technology creating a 35% speedup on synthetic tests.

There are 20-70% performance improvements seen on real applications that include 60% of improvement on WP home pages and offering better memory consumption for some important server APIs. The most PHP extensions that bundled into the PHP source distribution are supported by the technology that provides speed comparable to the HHVM 3.3.0 open source virtual machine.

Developer at Pete Nystrom, vice president of engineering and co-founder at Classy.org, an online fundraising platform said, “Obviously, speed is the most important thing to a Web app or any app in general.” It is recognizing that before the technology was available in tools. “Obviously, going into the core and speeding up all these functions that are core to PHP is a massive undertaking and something that’s going to be great for all of us.”

Moreover, we have found that PHP is elimination of some integrated features. Gutmans said, “We’re going to deprecate some old functionality that we think is not that interesting anymore”. The deprecation list includes Ext/ereg and ext.mysql and have both been replaced by other extensions. Moreover, you will find other deprecated features like # style comments in ini files and string category names in setlocale().

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