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HipHop VM Blog:
Compatibility Update
April 22, 2014 @ 09:16:38

The HipHop VM blog has a new post today with some updates around the compatibility work they're doing getting popular PHP projects to work 100% on the platform (and have all unit tests pass).

Earlier this year we set an ambitious goal of passing the PHPUnit test suites of 20 popular frameworks by the end of June; at the time, we were passing on only 6! With a huge amount of help from the community (especially our OpenAcademy students), we're proud to have hit this goal more than 2 months early, and we have more frameworks expected to reach 100% shortly.

Included in their list of projects/frameworks are things like Assetic, Composer, Doctrine2, Guzzle (v3), Laravel, Mockery and Monolog. Now that they've made significant strides to get the HHVM up to a greater level of compatibility, they're going to focus in on the issues list from GitHub to resolve problems there.

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Link: http://hhvm.com/blog/4841/compatibility-update

ServerGrove Blog:
Running Composer with HHVM, not so fast!
April 21, 2014 @ 12:46:02

On the ServerGrove blog today they share some interesting results when it comes to using Composer on a normal PHP install versus using it inside of a HHVM instance.

HHVM is an open-source virtual machine developed by Facebook and designed for executing programs written in Hack and PHP. It offers increased performance for PHP, most of the time. [...] Since Composer needs to perform some heavy computations in order to resolve the dependencies of a project, it makes sense to use HHVM. However, the heavy computations are mainly done when running composer update, or when the composer.lock file has not yet been generated so this is where you will see most of your gains in execution time.

With a bit more testing, this is shown to be true (about a 7 second difference). However, this is only on the "update". The "install" command actually takes longer inside of the HHVM instance, regardless of if the JIT (Just In Time) compiler is disabled or not.

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Link: http://blog.servergrove.com/2014/04/17/running-composer-hhvm-fast

PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.27 Released
April 04, 2014 @ 09:28:42

The PHP development group has officially posted the latest in the PHP 5.4.x series of the language - PHP 5.4.27, a bugfix release that includes the security fix for CVE-2013-7345.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.4.27. 6 bugs were fixed in this release, including CVE-2013-7345. All PHP 5.4 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

Other updates include fixes to the GMP, Mail, OpenSSL and MySQLi extensions. As usual, you can download this latest release from the downloads page or on the Windows site for the binaries. For a complete list of changes, see the latest notes in the Changelog.

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2014-04-03-1

PHP.net:
PHP 5.5.11 is released
April 03, 2014 @ 13:02:19

PHP.net has announced the latest release in the PHP 5.5.x series today - PHP 5.5.11.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.11. Several bugs were fixed in this release, some bundled libraries updated and a security issue has been fixed : CVE-2013-7345. We recommend all PHP 5.5 users to upgrade to this version.

Fixes in this release include:

  • Updates to core
  • Fixes in the cURL extension
  • Bugs corrected in the GD extension
  • A fix for the CVE-2013-7345 security issue in Fileinfo

You can download this latest release directly from the downloads page (Windows users here and you can find the full list of changes in the Changelog.

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Link: http://www.php.net/archive/2014.php#id2014-04-02-1

PHP.net:
PHP 5.5.10 released
March 06, 2014 @ 11:02:55

The PHP development group has announced the release of the latest version of the language in the PHP 5.5.x series today - PHP 5.5.10.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.10. Several bugs were fixed in this release, including security issues related to CVEs. CVE-2014-1943, CVE-2014-2270 and CVE-2013-7327 have been addressed in this release. We recommend all PHP 5.5 users to upgrade to this version.

Other changes include fixes to date/time handling, JSON serializing and an upgrade to PCRE 8.34 for regular expression handling. As this release has several security-related fixes, it's highly advised that 5.5.x users upgrade. As always, you can get the latest release from the downloads page or for Windows users, windows.php.net.

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2014-03-06-1

PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.25 Released!
February 07, 2014 @ 09:35:28

On the main PHP.net site today, the development group has posted about the release of the latest version in the PHP 5.4.x series - PHP 5.4.25:

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.4.25. 5 bugs were fixed in this release. All PHP 5.4 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

Things fixed in this release include corrections for the language core, mysqlnd, PDO_pgsql and session handling. As always, you can download this latest release from the main downloads page or the Windows site for users of the binary.

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2014-02-06-1

PHP.net:
PHP 5.5.9 is ready for download
February 06, 2014 @ 09:29:17

The PHP.net site has officially announced the release of the latest version of the PHP 5.5.x series today - PHP 5.5.9.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.9. This release fixes several bugs against PHP 5.5.8.

Fixes in this release include updates to:

  • OPCache
  • Session handling
  • Sockets
  • Zend Engine compilation failure

You can downloading this latest release either from the main downloads page or for Windows users on windows.php.net.

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Link: http://www.php.net/archive/2014.php#id2014-02-05-4

PHP.net:
PHP 5.5.8 Released
January 13, 2014 @ 09:10:20

The PHP development group has officially released version 5.5.8 of the PHP language:

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.8. This release fixes about 20 bugs against PHP 5.5.7 components.

There's no critical issues fixed in this release, but - as always - it's recommended that you update. Changes cover a wide range of areas in the language including the Date, DOM, Filter, GD MySQLi, SOAP and Sockets functionality. You can download this latest source version from the downloads page or the Windows binaries. If you'd like to view the full list of fixes and changes, check out the Changelog.

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2014-01-10-1

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Build Virtual Machines Easily with PuPHPet - Part 2
December 26, 2013 @ 10:18:52

On the SitePoint PHP blog Matthew Setter is back with the second part of his series looking at using PuPHPet to make VMs easily. In this second part, he continues on and looks more at the configuration files generated and tweaking them a bit.

We looked at how to configure most of the options and how to use the generated configuration, with some basic vagrant commands. But that's as far as we went. So in this second part of the series, we're going further. Specifically, we're going to be looking at the two core files used: common.yaml, and Vagrantfile. We'll be making some changes to them, then provisioning the virtual machines to reflect the configuration changes.

He talks about some of the changes he'll be making including the location of the shared folder and some of the setup of the PHP installation. He also updates the XDebug and MySQL configurations to change a few other options for more control over the resulting instance.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/build-virtual-machines-easily-puphpet-part-2/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
HHVM revisited
December 23, 2013 @ 10:57:01

The SitePoint PHP blog has a new post from Bruno Skvorc talking about a technology that's growing more and more popular all the time in the PHP ecosystem - HHVM, the virtual machine version of Facebook's HipHop software.

Just over two years have passed since the last post about HHVM by Matt Turland. What changed in that time? Did anything? Let's see just how successful PHP's quest for performance was.

Bruno takes a step back and, for those not sure what the HHVM is, explains the technology a bit and what some of the project's goals are. He talks about its compatibility with current software (like OSes and web servers) and the inclusion of FastCGI support. He also talks about some of the other main issues around the use of the HHVM like:

  • Performance considerations
  • Pre-analyzing
  • Authoritative Cache
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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/hhvm-revisited/


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