PHP Annotated Monthly – May 2017

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It’s PHP Annotated Monthly time again! Join PhpStorm Developer Advocate, Gary Hockin, as he rounds up all the articles in the PHP community in May’s Annotated Monthly.

PHP and Development

PHP 7.1.4 and 7.0.18 have been released, and as I consistently say, PHP 5 is no longer in active support, so get upgrading to PHP 7.1 if you haven’t already.

PHP 7.2 is officially a thing! Sara Golemon and Remi Collet have been selected as the release managers (congratulations both), and a roadmap is in place loosely targeting late November for the general release. I have absolutely no clue about what’s going to be interesting in 7.2 yet, but I’ll keep you informed as I find out.

In other big news, Xdebug is 15 years old which in itself is amazing. Derick Rethans has done a fantastic job of maintaining the tool for 15 years, and we should all thank Derick profusely for the time he’s kindly spent over the years helping us to debug our problems.

Thank You, Derick!

Frameworks and Libraries

There’s been some fascinating developments in the various framework communities over the last month or so. There’s been lots of interesting information around Laravel 5.5 and Symfony 4, plus a slew of articles for Zend Expressive.

I’m really excited to see what’s going to come out of the framework communities in the coming months, and Symfony Flex looks like an exciting new bundle-less direction for Symfony that I’m really keen to try out.

Zend Framework




Community, Career, and Events

As already mentioned, Xdebug turned 15, and Cal Evans organized a whip around to thank Derick for all his hard work. You can read how that panned out and see the video of the donation on Cal’s blog post – Thank you Derick Rethans for 15 years of XDebug.

This month I’ll be at PHP Day in Verona, so if you’re there don’t forget to find me and say hi. I’m always happy to discuss PhpStorm or anything else (or help you with your PhpStorm-related questions).

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– Gary & The PhpStorm Team

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