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HHVM Blog:
HHVM 3.24 (End of PHP 5 Support)
Jan 18, 2018 @ 13:44:28

The HHVM project has made an announcement on their site about the latest update for the PHP language processor, v3.24 and how, among the list of changes, they're completely dropping support for PHP 5.

HHVM 3.24 is released! This release contains new features, bug fixes, performance improvements, and supporting work for future improvements. [...] 3.24 is the final release targeting PHP5; this includes source-level compatibility for PHP5 extensions (ext_zend_compat). We recommend migrating to Hack or PHP7.

As 3.24 is supported though 2018-12-17, this means that support will end at roughly the same time as PHP5 itself is scheduled to become unsupported (2018-12-31).

Other updates in the release include the retiring of support for Debian 7 Wheezy and Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty, the inclusion of "using" blocks and the addition of the XHP Attribute Spread Operator. You can find out complete details about this release from the HHVM blog.

tagged: hhvm php5 support release version project

Link: https://hhvm.com/blog/2018/01/16/hhvm-3.24.html

Symfony Finland:
PHP-PM 1.0 launches with Docker images and Symfony 3+ support
Jan 09, 2018 @ 09:37:01

As is mentioned in this post on the Symfony Finland site, the PHP-PM project has hit their first stable release, v1.0, that includes some nice tools as well.

Running an application server written in PHP has been feasible for some years. One of the robus mature options for this has been PHP-PM, a process manager. Now the project has reached a major milestone with the release of 1.0.

The PHP-PM team released the first stable release on 8th of January 2018. It builds on the work done for some years and it builds on ReactPHP. ReactPHP is a low-level library for event-driven programming in PHP.

PHP-PM allows creating long running PHP processes that serve applications directly instead of relying an embedded PHP (like with Apache's mod_php) or a web server with PHP process manager (as with Nginx and PHP-FPM).

Updates for this release include the addition of bridges for static handling, PSR-7 integration and version bumps for Symfony components used in the system. You can check out the full list of changes in the release notes if you want to see more. The post also links to other articles with more reading and tutorials covering PHP-PM and how to put it to use (including Docker integration and basic benchmarks).

tagged: phppm process manager stable version release docker image symfony update project

Link: https://symfony.fi/entry/php-pm-1-0-launches-with-official-docker-images

php[architect]:
January 2018 Issue Released - Setting up to Succeed
Jan 08, 2018 @ 11:27:15

php[architect] magazine has posted about the release of their first issue for 2018 - "Setting Up to Succeed" for January.

Setting Up to Succeed includes articles on:
  • Background Processing & Concurrency With PHP by Matthew Schwartz
  • Securing Your Site in Development and Beyond by Michael Akopov
  • Don’t Wait; Generate! by Ian Littman
  • PHP Sessions in Depth by Jeremy Dorn

    Joe Ferguson’s looks at Laravel’s Collection class in Artisanal: Using Data Collections. If you’re looking to hire this year, read The Dev Lead Trenches: Finding Someone New by Chris Tankersley. In Education Station, Edward Barnard takes over and looks at What is a Real Programmer? James Titcumb says Thank You, OSS Maintainers in Community Corner. Eric Mann explains why logging is an OWASP Top Ten 2017 ASR in Security Corner: Updates to the OWASP Top Ten—Logging. To start 2018, Eli shares his New Year’s Resolutions in finally{}.

As with all previous issues, if you'd like to "try before you buy" they've offered a free sample article, the tutorial from Jeremy Dorn covering PHP sessions in depth. You can pick up a copy of this issue for your own on the php[architect] site or subscribe for a full year of PHP goodness with either a digital or print subscription.

tagged: phparchitect magazine january2018 success issue release

Link: https://www.phparch.com/magazine/2018-2/january/

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

Zend Framework Blog:
A new release of zend-db
Dec 07, 2017 @ 10:46:48

On the Zend Framework blog today Enrico Zimuel has posted an announcement about the zend-db component including a look at the new release and the future of the component.

Today, we released zend-db 2.9.0! This is our first new feature release in over 18 months, and contains 7 bug fixes, 6 new features, numerous unit test additions, and many documentation improvements.

zend-db is an important component of many PHP projects, and we know that its support is crucial for many people. As such, we allocated a number of weeks to triaging the various open issues and patches (more than 50) to ensure we would provide a stable release.

The post lists out the issues fixed and the features added, linking to the bugs that were files related to each. It then talks about the future of the component, noting that a v3.0 release is expected to come in 2018 and will include a lot of new features. This will help to make working with more modern features of the various databases easier directly from the code (without as much manual query creation or hackery). The post finishes with some thanks to those that contributed to this v2.9.0 release.

tagged: zendframework component zenddb database release future plan

Link: https://framework.zend.com/blog/2017-12-06-zend-db-2.9.0.html

php[architect]:
December 2017 Issue Released - Talking Code
Dec 05, 2017 @ 11:56:35

The php[architect] magazine has released their latest issue for December 2017 - Talking Code. Articles in this latest issue include:

  • "Chatbots and PHP" by Katy Ereira
  • "Artificial Intelligence (AI) - The Future of Internet Services" by Kesha Williams
  • "Command and Query API Design in Magento 2" by Michiel Rook
  • "Learning Machine Learning, Part Three: Data Wrangling" by Edward Barnard

The usual columns are all returning including the Education Station, he Dev Lead Trenches and Security Corner. You can check out this issue and the rest of the articles on the issue's page on the php[archtect] website. If you'd like a sample of what's inside, be sure to check out this free article from (Eric Mann* covering one of the latest security-related features added in PHP 7.2: native libsodium support.

tagged: phparchitect magazine december2017 talkingcode issue release

Link: https://www.phparch.com/magazine/2017-2/december/

Jerzy Zawadzki:
Symfony 4: New Hope
Dec 04, 2017 @ 11:16:56

In a new article to his Medium.com site Jerzy Zawadzki talks about why he things that Symfony 4 is "the new hope" for the framework. In the article he goes through the updates in their major version including code examples, commands and descriptions on each.

On November 30, 2017 new version of Symfony Framework has been released and it looks like core team followed the Star Wars numbering pattern, as 4th version is much better, leaving previous three behind as they look like ‘prequels’ now.

In this article, I will try to sum up all important changes made in Symfony 4, so if you are familiar with Symfony 3 and want to get known with new version? - ?this article is for YOU!

He talks about the changes in developer experience that come along with version 4 and updates to the installation process to make it even simpler. He lists out the packages that are installed in this new version and what's included by default. He then walks through the addition of other packages and tools, pulled in as custom options. Finally he talks about bundles, their use in Symfony 4 and the changes in how applications are structured based on their use.

tagged: symfony symfony4 changes framework version release feature

Link: https://medium.com/@zawadzki.jerzy/symfony-4-new-hope-dbf99dde91d8

Symfony Blog:
Symfony 4.0.0 released
Dec 01, 2017 @ 10:05:57

On the Symfony blog they've posted the official announcement about the release of Symfony 4.0.0, the latest major version of the popular framework.

Symfony 4.0.0 has just been released. [...] Read the Hello Symfony 4! blog post for a quick overview of the best new features of Symfony 4 and the best way to upgrade your existing applications to Symfony 4.

The post includes a listing of the items fixed since the previous version and links to an upgrade guide that can help you bring your apps up and working in this latest version.

tagged: symfony framework v4 release announcement

Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfony-4-0-0-released

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

PHP.net:
PHP 7.1.12 Released
Nov 28, 2017 @ 11:16:22

On the main PHP.net site they've posted an announcement about the latest release in the PHP 7.1.x series: PHP 7.1.12:

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.1.12. This is a bugfix release, with several bug fixes included. All PHP 7.1 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

Bugs in this released include issues in PHP's CLI handling, GD image manipulation, internationalization and reflection with Mysqli. You can find the full listing of issues fixed in the full Changelog. As always you can download this latest release from the main downloads page for the source packages and windows.php.net for the Windows binaries.

tagged: language release php71 bugfix upgrade

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2017-11-24-1