PHP Annotated Monthly – July 2017

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Summer has rolled around nicely, and as the weather hots up 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 July’s Annotated Monthly.

PHP and Development

The big news is that PHP 7.2 Alpha 2 is released. It doesn’t look like 7.2 is going to have a huge exciting unique set of features but will be more of a maintenance release (but I haven’t done a lot of research yet so please shout at me if I’m wrong), with a few deprecations. These alpha releases are really important to catch bugs so I would encourage anyone who has the time to download, compile and run the tests for PHP 7.2. Thanks to all concerned in the release.

Other news from the wider world of PHP and development:

Frameworks and Libraries

There have been some interesting posts about PHP tooling this month (as usual), the pick for me is:



Cake PHP

Zend Framework



Community, Career, and Events

We had a fantastic time at the Dutch PHP Conference in Amsterdam last week. It was amazing to see so many people come and visit our booth and talk about PhpStorm or just development in general. We also gave out all our yo-yos, so I hope that everyone who attended had as good a time as we did.

I really enjoyed A Programmer’s Cognitive Load which talks about how to configure your IDE and name things to make your code more readable and understandable. It uses PhpStorm as an example but is equally as applicable to any editor. The Broken Windows Theory or “Why Some Projects are Just Destined to Suck” also talks about how looking after the small things when you’re coding can make a big difference in the end – while I don’t like the title, the article makes a good point.

After yet more fractures in the PHP Community lately, Josh Lockhart makes a valid point in his article Advice For Aspiring PHP Developers. Can’t we all just get along?

Finally, my good friend and fellow PHP South Coast organizer, James Titcumb, Talks About Last PHP South Coast And Zend Framework in an interesting interview on the Cloudways blog.

– Gary & The PhpStorm Team


About Gary Hockin

Gary Hockin has been creating code to power web applications for 15 years, the last three of them at an extraordinary level. He is handsome, talented, funny and articulate, and also extremely modest. Gary is a valued contributor to Zend Framework 2 and is a member of the community review team. He's married and has two wonderful children, and when he's not coding, writing about code, speaking about code or reading about code, he can usually be found in the pub playing pool.
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