NetTuts.com has posted their own "what you must know" about the recently released (major) upgrade to the PHP language - PHP 5.4.
PHP 5.4 is here; the next major step forward since version 5.3 - keeping PHP 6 (full Unicode support) on hold for now. The latest enhancements significantly improve its elegance, while removing deprecated functionality, resulting in a dramatic optimization of the runtime (up to 20% more speed and memory usage reduction).
They hit all of the highlights:
- Built-in CLI Web-Server
- Shorter Array Syntax
- Array Dereferencing
- $this In Anonymous Functions
- <?= is Always On
- Binary Number Representation
- Callable Typehint
- Initialized High Precision Timer
Code examples are provided where relevant.