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Derick Rethans:
HHVM and MongoDB
May 31, 2017 @ 11:56:50

Derick Rethans has a post on his site with an update about the MongoDB driver for HHVM - mostly that, because of feedback he received, it will no longer be maintained.

At the start of 2015 we began work on an HHVM driver for MongoDB, as part of our project to renew our PHP driver. Back then, HHVM was in its ascendancy and outperforming PHP 5.6 two to one. With such a huge performance difference it was reasonable to assume that many users would be switching over.

[...] With PHP 7 released, we saw very little use of the HHVM driver for MongoDB. Some months ago I did a twitter poll, where very few people were indicating that they were using HHVM—and even if they were, they would likely not choose to switch to HHVM given the current climate.

He includes some of the responses in his post ranging from people saying that HHVM only "masked slow code" for them. Another mentioned that, while Hack has some nice features, PHP moves on and integrates some of these ideas anyway. As a result of this disinclination towards HHVM on new development and the low adoption of the HHVM MongoDB extension, it will no longer be maintained. If you're a user and are interested in keeping development going, contact Derick for more information.

tagged: hhvm mongodb driver support discontinued

Link: https://derickrethans.nl/mongodb-hhvm.html

Laravel News:
How to Use Old Versions of Laravel Homestead
Jan 20, 2017 @ 09:39:32

On the Laravel News site they've posted a tutorial by Joe Ferguson showing you how to [use older versions of Homestead](https://laravel-news.com/using-older-versions-of-homestead, the box not the app, in your development environment if there's a need.

There are two parts to Homestead: the Vagrant box and the Homestead source code (Homestead app). The Homestead Vagrant box is a snapshot of a preconfigured virtual machine ready to use. [...] We use the Laravel Settler repo to build the Homestead boxes. You have to ensure the version of the Homestead Vagrant box is compatible with the version of the Homestead app you are using.

Why would you want to use a previous version? [...] While Homestead development moves forward pretty quickly, you may not be ready to move your clients from PHP 5.5. While you should have already moved your apps to PHP 7.0 for the performance gains, I understand that because Laravel 5.1 supports 5.5, developers may want to continue using that version.

He then walks you through an example, showing how to use PHP 5.5 with Homestead and what version to put for the best support. It requires a little bit of manual fiddling around but not too much. Then it's just a simple "vagrant up" to get it running. He also includes instructions on using PHP 7.0, checking out a different version of the Homestead repository and bringing up the box similar to above.

tagged: laravel homestead version older vm application framework support

Link: https://laravel-news.com/using-older-versions-of-homestead

Derick Rethans:
Good Bye PHP 5
Jan 11, 2017 @ 10:13:53

On his site Derick Rethans has posted an announcement about a major change in the Xdebug project (a widely used PHP debugger) he leads, saying goodby to PHP 5.

A few days ago I merged a patch into on GitHub. Maintaining PHP 5 and PHP 7 support in one code base is not particularly easy, and even more complicated for something like Xdebug, with its deep interactions with PHP's internals.

As PHP 5.6's active support has ended on December 31st, I also felt it no longer needed to support PHP 5 with Xdebug any more. It saves more than 5000 lines of code.

He shares some of the responses to the change (via Tweets) from the community ranging from full support to outcry over the change. He points out that the current version of Xdebug (2.5) will continue to operate on PHP 5 systems but when Xdebug 2.6 rolls around, the 2.5 branch will only receive bugfixes and no new features. You can find out about those upcoming features here.

tagged: xdebug debugging tool php7 php5 upgrade support

Link: https://derickrethans.nl/xdebug-php5.html

thePHP.cc:
PHP 5: Active Support Ends. Now what?
Jan 02, 2017 @ 12:54:03

The final day of 2016 has come and gone and with it came the end of active support for the PHP 5.6 series of releases. This also marks the end of active support for anything in the PHP 5.x major release and pushing on with PHP 7. In this post to thePHP.cc blog Sebastian Bergmann talks about what this means for you and the tools you use.

The active support by the PHP project for PHP 5.6, the final release series of PHP 5, ends today. What is "active support"? And what does it mean for you? To answer this, you need to understand PHP's release process.

He starts with the release schedule and when it shifted from the "consensus based model" over to an official process, introducing more formality to the whole process (in 2012). He mentions two key terms to the process: "active support" and "security support". PHP 5.6 has moved past active support and is now in the the security support phase with only security fixes to be released from here on out. Sebastian then talks about what this means for your current code and, if you're still running on PHP 5.6, what you should do to come up to speed with PHP 7.x. He lists some of the projects that are moving into the world of PHP 7 only including PhpSpec 4.0, Laravel 5.5 and Symfony 4.

tagged: php5 active support end security php7 migration upgrade

Link: https://thephp.cc/news/2016/12/php-5-active-support-ends-now-what

Laravel News:
Laravel Homestead 4.0 is released featuring support for PHP 7.1
Dec 06, 2016 @ 09:43:35

The Laravel News site has a new post announcing the release of the latest version of Laravel Homestead, the Vagrant-driven environment that makes it easy to set up a Laravel environment. In this latest version, 4.0, there's a few changes including a major one: support for PHP 7.1.

Laravel Homestead the Vagrant box for easily running Laravel on any platform has just released v4.0 that includes support for the just released PHP 7.1.

The upgrade is easy but the instructions do vary depending on how you have it installed.

They walk you through the steps for the upgrade:

  • Backup all your Homestead databases
  • update the Homestead Global installation (or per-project installation)
  • Destroy the current Vagrant box
  • Use "vagrant up" to download the latest version and bring the box back up

It's a pretty easy process that should be pretty painless. Everyone's setup is slightly different so there might be a few issues in your own upgrade and minor version releases will be made if there are issues because of the upgrade.

tagged: laravel homestead vagrant upgrade v4 release php71 support

Link: https://laravel-news.com/laravel-homestead-4-0-is-released-featuring-support-for-php-7-1

Rob Allen:
Slim 3.4.0 now provides PSR-7!
May 09, 2016 @ 09:48:10

Rob Allen has a post to his site announcing the latest release of the Slim Framework - v3.4.0 - and an update that allows for full PSR-7 support, telling Composer that the framework fully supports it now as well.

I've been neglecting Slim's PR queue recently, so this weekend I dedicated a lot of time to merging all the good work that our contributors have done. As a result, I'm delighted to release version 3.4.0! This release has a larger set of changes in it than I would have ideally liked which is a direct consequence of having gone two months between releases rather than one.

One particularly interesting addition that we have a made this release is adding a provide section to our composer.json file. [...] This means that we have informed Composer that Slim provides a valid implementation of the interfaces in psr/http-message-implementation virtual package that defines the PSR-7 interfaces.

This basically means that if you're using other libraries/tools that require a PSR-7 compatible system to work correctly, they'll detect that Slim fully supports it.

tagged: slimframework slim3 psr7 support http message implementation composer

Link: https://akrabat.com/slim-3-4-0-now-provides-psr-7/

Heroku Blog:
50% and Counting: PHP 7 Takes Off
Dec 16, 2015 @ 13:50:48

As Heroku points out in their latest blog post the popularity of PHP 7 is already rising quickly since they made this major release available on their service and how it's now reached the point of being the most deployed version on their systems.

Last week, we made PHP 7 available on top of a new, reworked version of our PHP support, and our users are adopting PHP 7’s exciting new features and stellar performance improvements quickly - we’re already seeing PHP 7 being used in the majority of PHP deploys on Heroku.

Under the hood, much of the logic that handles a deploy has changed, but not the fundamental principles upon which our support for PHP applications is designed. We've always been determined to provide a fully standards-based implementation that does not rely on proprietary configuration or magic behavior, and that means building on top of a great foundation of tools.

They also mention the rise of Composer in recent years in the PHP community and how they're continuing to treat the composer.json (and .lock) and installation process as first class citizens, making use of Composer itself to install not only dependencies but also language runtimes and extensions.

tagged: heroku php7 installation majority composer support

Link: https://blog.heroku.com/archives/2015/12/15/php7

PHP Roundtable:
035: Immutable PHP
Nov 25, 2015 @ 09:53:44

The PHP Roundtable podcast has posted their latest episode, recorded live with host Sammy Kaye Powers and guests Larry Garfield, Matthew Weier O'Phinney and Glen Hickle talking about immutability in PHP.

Immutability plays a huge role in functional programming and many languages support immutability directly; like the readonly keyword in C#. It is possible to create immutable objects in PHP, but the language lacks inherent immutable features for scalar variables and class properties. We discuss how to bring functional programming concepts to PHP and brainstorm some features that could possibly be added to future versions of PHP to offer better immutability support.

You can watch the live recording of this latest episode either through the in-page video player or directly over on YouTube. If you enjoy the show, be sure to also subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for information on the latest episodes (and when future live recordings are happening).

tagged: phproundtable ep32 immutability programming feature functional support

Link: https://www.phproundtable.com/episode/immutability-and-functional-concepts-in-php

JetBrains Blog:
Docker Support in PhpStorm
Nov 03, 2015 @ 10:08:35

In this recent post to the JetBrains blog they show how to set up and configure the Docker support the latest version includes built in to the IDE.

Docker is an open platform for building, shipping and running distributed applications. It gives programmers, development teams and operations engineers the common toolbox they need to take advantage of the distributed and networked nature of modern applications.

With the new Docker integration plugin for PhpStorm, you can add Docker support to existing projects, view logs, manage Docker containers, and debug PHP web applications from right inside PhpStorm.

They help you get the integration plugin installed and show you where the machine should be located and how to set it up under PHPStorm's deployment options. Next up they include the steps for getting the Docker machine up and running (again, inside the IDE) and managing the containers related to the machine.

tagged: docker support phpstorm ide jetbrains container machine

Link: http://blog.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/2015/10/docker-support-in-phpstorm/

HHVM Blog:
LLVM Code Generation in HHVM
Oct 29, 2015 @ 12:08:22

In this post to the HHVM blog they answer a common question they get from the development community: why don't they use LLVM for code generation when compiling down the PHP.

The primary reason has always been that while LLVM is great at optimizing C, C++, Objective-C, and other similar statically-typed languages, PHP is dynamically typed. The kinds of optimizations that provide huge performance benefits for static languages tend to be less useful in dynamic languages, or at least overshadowed by all the dynamic dispatching that’s done based on runtime types. We knew that there was probably something to be gained from using LLVM as a backend, but there were many larger opportunities go after first.

They talk about the compilation pipeline HHVM uses and shows the difference between how it works versus how LLVM would integrate into the final steps. They also talk about the work put in to explore the use of LLVM IR and what kind of changes they had to make to support it. This includes updates to PHP function call handling, generalizing vasm and updates to the LLVM tool itself (with changes to location records, smashable calls and performance tweaks among others).

tagged: hhvm llvm code generation compilation changes updates support

Link: http://hhvm.com/blog/10205/llvm-code-generation-in-hhvm