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thePHP.cc:
Why PHP 7.2 Is Important
Feb 06, 2018 @ 09:33:41

On thePHP.cc site there's a post that talks about an upcoming PHP release, PHP 7.2, and why it's important despite it not having any amazing new features or too much in the way of major changes. There are a few things they mention, however, that make it seem a lot less boring.

A while ago, Sebastian said in a presentation that "PHP 7.2 will be a boring release". What he meant by that is that PHP 7.2 does not have an awful lot of fancy new features. Okay, adding the sodium extension to PHP's standard distribution is great, but the majority of PHP developers do not have to deal with cryptography in PHP on a daily basis.

[...] We are not so sure anymore that PHP 7.2 really is a boring release. As with every release in the 7 series, PHP keeps getting faster and faster. [...] The PHP core developers, again, did a great job cleaning up some more sins of the past. [...] Along with the cleanups that were already done, quite a few things have been deprecated in PHP 7.2, which schedules them for removal in PHP 8.

They talk about some of the changes coming with PHP 7.2 including the addition of libsodium support, smaller changes to variable handling and what's being done to prepare the language for the next major version, PHP 8. They also remind their readers that no version of PHP 5 - even 5.6 - is supported any longer (just security fixes now) and all current users of the language should upgrade to PHP 7.0+ immediately.

tagged: php72 importance version upgrade features

Link: https://thephp.cc/news/2018/02/why-php-72-is-important

Freek Van der Herten:
How to upgrade from PHP 7.1 to 7.2 on MacOS using Homebrew
Feb 02, 2018 @ 10:55:29

Those on OSX using PHP via Homebrew may be wondering how they can upgrade their systems to the latest version of the language, PHP 7.2. Fortunately, as Freek Van der Herten shows in this new post the upgrade process is just a few quick commands away.

PHP 7.2 was released almost two months ago. I decided to wait a bit until a stable version of Xdebug with PHP 7.2 compatibility was available. And that happened yesterday with the release of Xdebug 2.6.

To make the switch over to PHP 7.2 from 7.1 (or really any other PHP version) it's a simple matter of unlinking the current version and installing PHP 7.2 with the matching Xdebug package. He also includes the commands for installing the packages for Imagick and Redis handling.

tagged: php71 php72 upgrade homebrew install unlink command tutorial

Link: https://murze.be/how-to-upgrade-from-php-71-to-72-on-macos-using-homebrew

PHP.net:
PHP 7.2.2 Released
Feb 01, 2018 @ 10:16:33

On the main PHP.net site they've posted an announcement about the latest release in the current major version of the language: PHP 7.2.2

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.2.2. This is a bugfix release, with several bug fixes included.

Bugs fixed in this release include issues in the FastCGI handling, IMAP, Opcache, PDO, PostgreSQL, SOAP, Zip and several core language changes. You can see the full list of updates and links to their related bugs in the full Changelog. It is recommended that all PHP 7.2 users upgrade to this release. As always it can be downloaded from the main downloads page for the source packages and windows.php.net for the Windows binaries.

tagged: language release bugfix php72

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2018-02-01-1

PHP.net:
Multiple Versions Released - 5.6.33, 7.1.13, 7.2.1 and 7.0.27
Jan 05, 2018 @ 10:16:17

On the [main PHP.net site]http://php.net/() today they've announced the release of new released of all currently supported versions of the language:

All of these releases contain similar bugfixes correcting security issues reported in the language including problems in the CLI server, Phar handling, Zip functionality and the Opcache feature. It is suggested to update to these latest versions as soon as possible to prevent issues with these bugs.

As always you can download the source versions of these latest releases from the main downloads page or the Windows binaries from windows.php.net. If you're interested in the changes made, check out the Changelogs for PHP 7 and PHP 5.6.

tagged: version release language php56 php71 php72 security bugfix

Link: http://php.net/downloads

Colin O'Dell:
Installing PHP 7.2
Dec 01, 2017 @ 09:26:56

Right on the heels of the release of PHP 7.2.0, Colin O'Dell has posted a guide to installing it on several different operating systems.

type hints, saner count() behavior, and much more.

He then provides the commands you'll need to get your OS of choice updated (well, most of the popular ones at least):

  • Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, 17.04, & 17.10
  • Debian 8 (Jessie) and 9 (Stretch)
  • Debian 7 (Wheezy)
  • CentOS / RHEL 6+ & Fedora 25+
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows
  • phpbrew
  • Docker

Each includes the command(s) you'll need to grab the package and perform the installation. If you need something more customized or your OS isn't listed, you can always compile from source too.

tagged: install php72 guide unix osx windows docker phpenv

Link: https://www.colinodell.com/blog/201711/installing-php-72

PHP.net:
PHP 7.2.0 Released
Nov 30, 2017 @ 11:20:32

The PHP development group has a post on the main PHP.net site officially announcing the availability of the latest major version in the PHP 7.x series: PHP 7.2.0.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.2.0. This release marks the second feature update to the PHP 7 series.

There's a number of new features and changes that come with this release including counting of non-countable objects, the Object typehint, the removal of mcrypt and the new libsodium extension. You can view the full list of changes and bug fixes in the Changelog.

Downloads are available in the usual places: the main downloads page for the source packages and windows.php.net for the Windows binaries. Additionally a migration guide has been posted to help with migrating to this new version.

tagged: php72 release language version update migration

Link: http://php.net/archive/2017.php#id2017-11-30-1

Exakat Blog:
Get ready for PHP 7.2
Nov 20, 2017 @ 09:56:21

With the final release of PHP 7.2 coming on the horizon the Exakat blog wants to be sure you and your code are prepared for some of the changes. In this new post they share things to change and improvements to expect in this latest version of the PHP language.

PHP 7.2 is around the corner, and shall be out soon, thanks to the hard work of @RemiCollet), Sara Golemon (@saramg) and countless others that run tests and submit bug reports. PHP 7.2 is already RC6, and the documentation has even been updated : it is high time to get ready for PHP 7.2.

We have been hard at work, at @Exakat, to prepare the migration analysis. This is our take on this upcoming task.

He's broken the changes coming down into a few categories based on the actions required and what you can do to prepare: Know, Lint, Static (Analysis), Unit testing and Logging. A chart is then included showing each of the changes, which category they fall into and links to more information about them and what has been updated (or added).

tagged: php72 preparation lint staticanalysis unittest logging update version language

Link: https://www.exakat.io/get-ready-php-7-2/

PHP.net:
PHP 7.2.0RC6 Released
Nov 10, 2017 @ 12:19:16

On the main PHP.net site they've posted the announcement about the release of the latest (and last) Release Candidate of the next major version of the PHP language: PHP 7.2.0 RC6.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.2.0 RC6. This release is the sixth Release Candidate for 7.2.0. Barring any surprises, we expect this to be the FINAL release candidate, with Nov 30th's GA release being not-substantially different. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system.

This development preview release includes changes to GD image handling, SOAP functionality and core bugfixes. You can download this latest release for testing with your own applications either via the source QA site or the Windows QA site for the Windows executable.

tagged: language release php72 php72rc6 preview

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2017-11-09-1

Derick Rethans:
PHP 7.2's "switch" optimisations
Nov 01, 2017 @ 09:34:29

Derick Rethans has a post to his site covering some optimizations around PHP's "switch" handling and how it has changed in the upcoming PHP 7.2 release.

PHP 7.2 is around the corner soon, and comes with many optimisations. Many new optimisations are implemented in opcache, but some others are implemented in PHP itself. One optimisation that falls in the latter category is an optimisation of the switch/case construct.

He then gets into the differences between the previous functionality and how it has changed, mostly in how the language handles the evaluation of the "case" statements. He include a flow diagram of how the pre-7.2 flow happened and how, with PHP 7.2, a "jump table" is used to optimize the process. This table allows PHP to perform a lookup on the value rather than evaluating equality (like in an if) on string values. If it's not a string the same evaluation happens as before, however.

tagged: switch php72 optimization if evaluation jumptable

Link: https://derickrethans.nl/php7.2-switch.html

Symfony Finland:
PHP 7.1 vs 7.2 Benchmarks (with Docker and Symfony Flex)
Oct 17, 2017 @ 11:17:25

On the Symfony Finland site there's a new post sharing the results of some recent benchmarks of the differences between running the framework on PHP 7.1 and PHP 7.2:

PHP 7.2 will be launching soon, in fact, it has already reached Release Candidate status. I was exploring Symfony Flex with Docker setup and thought I would do a quick round of tests to compare the differences in PHP 7.1 and 7.2 (RC4) regarding performance with a few benchmarks.

[...] The benchmarked application is the Symfony Flex port of the hybrid application I did back in January. The project now has the required configuration to run it with Docker, and you can find the full source on GitHub.

The post then shares some of the results and conclusions of the test runs, showing the differences between the two versions. In one set of tests, they're calling the front page controller with Twig rendering and in the other a backend controller without the display rendering. PHP 7.2 ends up performing slightly better than PHP 7.1 overall but not by very much in most cases. The more dramatic change is on the backend, though, with a good jump in performance for a Symfony Flex application.

tagged: symfony flex application benchmark php71 php72 compare results graph

Link: https://symfony.fi/entry/php-7-1-vs-7-2-benchmarks-with-docker-and-symfony-flex