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PHP.net:
PHP 7.0.0 RC 8 Released
Nov 26, 2015 @ 08:36:56

The latest (and last in the series) Release Candidate for PHP 7 has been released as mentioned on php.net today. This is a development preview release only and is not intended to be used in production.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 RC 8. This is the thirteenth pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system. [...] PHP 7.0.0 RC 8 contains fixes for 11 reported bugs.

This release fixes several final bugs that were preventing the final stable release of PHP 7.0.0, some relatively major. You can download this latest release from either the QA download page or from the Windows QA site. If you're interested in what's changing in this release (and in PHP 7 overall) check out the NEWS file.

tagged: php7rc8 release candidate language final development preview

Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-11-26-1

PHP.net:
PHP 7.0.0 RC 7 Released
Nov 12, 2015 @ 11:22:41

On PHP.net today they've announced the released of the latest (and hopefully last) Release Candidate before the final, stable version of PHP 7 is announced: PHP 7.0.0. RC7.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 RC 7. This is the twelfth pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system.

[...] This release candidate is unplanned and ships instead of the announced RTM for the reasons of yet additional quality improvement. If no major issues appear within the usual two-week test period, the 7.0.0 general availability (GA) release will be brought out. You can also read the full list of planned releases on our wiki.

You can find the complete list of changes in the NEWS file. You can get the download of this latest release from either the QA source download page or the windows.php.net QA site. Remember, this is a release candidate version and is not meant to be used in production.

tagged: php7 php7rc7 releasecandidate release preview development language version

Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-11-12-1

PHP.net:
PHP 7.0.0 RC 6 Released
Oct 29, 2015 @ 11:23:16

The PHP project has just released the latest (and last before the general availability) Release Candidate for the upcoming major version of the language - PHP 7 RC6.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 RC 6. This is the eleventh pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system. [...] PHP 7.0.0 RC 6 contains fixes for 10 reported bugs and marks the end of the pre-release circle.

Please note that this is a preview release and is not meant for use in a production environment. You can grab this latest Release Candidate version from the QA downloads page or the Windows QA site for the binaries. The next release, a general availability version, is planned for November 12th.

tagged: php7 releasecandidate php7rc6 language release preview

Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-10-29-1

PHP.net:
PHP 7.0.0 RC 5 Released
Oct 15, 2015 @ 11:39:45

The main PHP.net website has posted a new announcement today about the release of PHP 7.0.0 RC5, the latest pre-release (Release Candidate) of the upcoming major version. This is a preview release and is not meant to be used in production.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 RC 5. This is the tenth pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system. [...] PHP 7.0.0 RC 5 contains fixes for 11 reported bugs and over 100 commits with various improvements.

[...] For more information on the new features and other changes, you can read the NEWS file, or the migration guide for a complete list of upgrading notes. NEWS and UPGRADING files can also be found in the release archive.

You can download this latest release to test out your applications from the QA downloads pages either for the source release or the Windows binaries. The next release planned is RC6 and will be happening on October 29th.

tagged: php7 releasecandidate php7rc5 language release preview

Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-10-15-2

Rob Allen:
Simple Ansible file for Z-Ray preview
Sep 15, 2015 @ 10:12:07

For those wanting to check out the latest preview of the Zend Z-Ray stand-alone version, Rob Allen has posted a full Ansible script to help building the environment much easier.

Recently, Zend made available a Z-Ray Technology Preview which takes the Z-Ray feature of Zend Server and makes it stand-alone. This is very interesting as it means that I can run it with the PHP 5.6 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Vagrant set up that I prefer. I decided to create an Ansible playbook to install Z-Ray into my VM. The Z-Ray instructions are clear enough, so it was simply a case of converting them to a set of YAML steps as who wants to do manual installation nowadays?!

The configuration is set up to run on a Ubuntu machine with PHP 5.6 installed. It will download the Z-Ray plugin, extract it and copy over all necessary configuration files to get it up and running. This stand-alone version can help to make debugging your applications simpler with real-time information right in your browser.

tagged: zray preview standalone version ansible configuration ubuntu php56

Link: http://akrabat.com/simple-ansible-file-for-z-ray-preview/

PHP.net:
PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1 Released
Jun 12, 2015 @ 12:50:11

The first release on the path to PHP7 has officially been released according to this new post on the main PHP.net website - PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1. This release marks the beginning of the PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system. PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1 comes with new version of the Zend Engine with features. [...] For more information on the new features and other changes, you can read the NEWS file or the or the UPGRADING file for a complete list of upgrading notes. These files can also be found in the release archive.

As with other alpha PHP releases, you can download this preview version from the downloads page or windows.php.net/qa website for the binaries.

tagged: php7 alpha1 release version download preview news upgrading

Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-06-11-3

PHP.net:
PHP 5.6.0beta1 released
Apr 14, 2014 @ 11:52:56

As is mentioned on the main PHP.net site, the release of the first beta of the PHP 5.6.0 series has been released (PHP 5.6.0beta1). This is only a preview release and should not be used in production.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.6.0beta1. This release adds new features and fixes bugs and marks the feature freeze for the PHP 5.6.0 release. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs in the bug tracking system.

Among the new features coming in PHP 5.6.0 are things like the addition of a fread method on the SplFileObject, an update to the DateTimeImmutable class, support for marks to the PCRE extension and support for asynchronous connections and queries to the Pgsql extension. If you'd like to test out this latest beta release on your systems, you can download it from the PHP QA site (or the Windows QA site if you're so inclined).

tagged: php56beta1 release language development preview

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2014-04-11-1

PHP.net:
PHP 5.5 RC3 is available
Jun 10, 2013 @ 10:21:28

The PHP development group has released the latest Release Candidate for the PHP 5.5 series - Release Candidate 3. This is a development preview, so it's not to be used in production but all testing is appreciated.

To get the full changelog, please, check the NEWS file attached to the archive. For source downloads of PHP 5.5.0RC3 please visit the download page, Windows binaries can be found on windows.php.net/qa/. We were pleased if you could test this release candidate against your code base and report any problems that you encounter to the QA mailing list and/or the PHP bug tracker. Thanks you helping us making PHP better.

Bugs fixed in this release include issues causing segfaults, buffer overflows and truncation of data when hashing with hash_pbkdf2.`

tagged: language release candidate development preview rc3

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2013-06-06-1

PHP.net:
PHP 5.5.0RC1 is available
May 09, 2013 @ 10:27:24

As is mentioned on PHP.net today, the first release candidate for the PHP 5.5.x series, PHP 5.5.0RC1, has been released for testing:

The PHP development team announces the availability of the first release candidate of PHP 5.5. This release fixes some bugs as well as some possible leaks from our last beta. This is a development preview - do not use it in production!

Some of the more major changes in this release include an update to the FPM SAPI for QUERY_STRING, a fix for a build issue with libgd, bugs in SNMP and a problem with stream_select on Windows x64 systems. You can find the full list of changes in the NEWS file. Please download and test (Windows binaries here) this latest release to help the development team find issues and move along with the PHP 5.5.x releases.

tagged: language release candidate development preview rc1

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2013-05-09-2

PHP.net:
PHP 5.5 beta 4 is now available
Apr 25, 2013 @ 09:15:34

The PHP.net site has posted about the release of PHP 5.5 beta 4, the last beta that will be made for this series.

The PHP development team announces the release of the 4th beta of PHP 5.5.0. This release fixes some bugs against beta 3 and cleans up some features. This is a development preview - do not use it in production.

Several bugs were fixed and changes made - you can read the complete list in the NEWS file. To get this latest beta and try it out with your applications (and run the tests) you can download it here (here for Windows).

tagged: beta4 release php55 development preview

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2013-04-25-1