On the Zend Developer Zone there's a new post sharing some of the deprecations coming with PHP 7.2, the next release in the 7.x series (planned release sometime later this year).
PHP is a living language and as such, as some things are added, others are removed. Since PHP adheres to the best practice of Semantic Versioning, nothing will be going away in PHP 7.2, but some things will be marked as “Deprecated” so that developers can start removing them from their code and finding better ways to get the job done.
PHP 7.2 brings us a new list of things that will be eventually going away. The complete list, as well as explinations and voting can be found at “PHP RFC: Deprecations for PHP 7.2”
They include a "hit list" of the functionality that will be affected including the removal of support for
create_function function, removal of
assert and the
(unset) cast. The RFC has been moved to the "Accepted" state so now work will be done to make these and other deprecations happen in this next great release.