Progress marches on, and that goes for the most popular language on the web as well. In PHP’s case though, progress seems to be jogging along at a good clip. Exactly one year to the day when PHP 7.0 was released, the Core has given us another gift, PHP 7.1!
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to PHP 7.1!
Seriously, if you haven’t said thank you lately to a core developer then get on that right now. If it weren’t for the efforts of these superheroes, most of us would be using one of the inferior languages. (I’m gonna get hate mail for that one, you know it.)
So what’s the big deal about 71? I am SO GLAD YOU ASKED!
Here are the highlights as listed on the PHP 7.1 release announcement on php.net.
- Nullable types
- Void return type
- Iterable pseudo-type
- Class constant visiblity modifiers
- Square bracket syntax for
list()and the ability to specify keys in
- Catching multiple exceptions types
- Many more features and changes…
Getting up to speed
Yeah, that’s an impressive list, but a lot of developers are looking at it and says “Welp, there goes MY weekend!”. Have no fear, we’ve gathered together some resources for you to get you up to speed quickly on the things you need to know to start squeezing the most out of PHP 7.1.
- Upcoming changes in PHP 7.1 – Amo Chohan
- What’s New in PHP 7.1 – Laracasts
- 8 Cool Features To Come In PHP 7.1 – PHPOcean
- What’s New in PHP 7.1.0 – Daniel Pataki
- RFCs of the Future! – PHP 7.1 RFCs – Nomad PHP
Those should get you up and going pretty quickly.
Fire up those downloaders, the smell of fresh code is in the air!