PHP Annotated Monthly – December 2017

PHP Annotated Monthly LogoIts the last PHP Annotated Monthly of 2017 — all the links to all the blog posts you need to read curated by Gary Hockin, Developer Advocate for PhpStorm.

PHP, Testing & Development

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not because of the holidays (they are pretty special too), but because we’ve had a new version of PHP released. PHP 7.2 has arrived, and I’d like to send a huge THANK YOU from everyone at JetBrains to everyone who was involved in the release. As usual, I want to bore everyone by reminding you that if you’re not running PHP 7, you’re now lagging seriously behind, it’s time to update!

Two posts worth reading in relation to PHP 7.2 are Get Ready for PHP 7.2 which gives you a good idea of how to go about preparing for an upgrade of your code to the newest versions of PHP and Installing PHP 7.2 by Colin O’Dell who gives you some great information on how to upgrade your development environment to PHP 7.2.

Frameworks and Libraries

Symfony 4.0.0 Released! Congratulations to Fabien and the team in releasing a new major version. It ships with Symfony Flex which is a new Symfony specific dependency manager (built on Composer), you can read more at An Update on Flex. Like more and more modern tools, it also targets PHP 7.1 and above, so please see my above note on upgrading your PHP version!


Zend Framework




Community, Career, and Events

PHP Architect December 2017 Issue Released – Talking Code and Symfony announced The Diversity Initiative which is an excellent idea from a community that has had a spectacular month. Congratulations again to everyone involved in Symfony.

2017 has been another fantastic year for PHP, we’ve had significant version releases in many notable projects and Composer continues to revolutionise the way we develop in PHP. There’s no reason not to think that PHP will continue its renaissance into 2018 and way beyond so let me wish you a Happy Holiday season whatever you celebrate, and a prosperous and release filled new year.

– 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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