PHP Annotated Monthly – January 2018

PHP Annotated Monthly LogoHappy New Year! May your 2018 be successful and I hope you never need to use Local History. Here are 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 a new year, is there ever a better time to upgrade your PHP version to the latest stable? If you upgrade to PHP 7.2.1, I promise this will be the last month I start this post annoying you to upgrade. PHP 7.0 lost active support in December 2017, and PHP 7.1 loses active support this year, so keeping on top of your PHP version is really important. More scarily, PHP 5.6 loses security support in 2018, I’ll leave you to panic about the implications of that.

Frameworks and Libraries

Some fascinating Symfony posts again over the holiday period which is only to be expected with the recent release of Symfony 4.0 and Symfony Flex. It’s worth noting that the Symfony based micro-framework Silex will go end-of-life in June 2018 so if you’re using it in production, now is the time to make plans to migrate away.


Zend Framework



Community, Career, and Events

There were a very nice series of posts on the 24 Days in December blog, a series of guest posts one for every day of advent which I very much enjoyed.

On a personal note, I’m very much looking forward to 2018 being a productive and profitable year for everyone using PHP. We’re already looking forward to our first of the three PhpStorm releases of the year which should release around March time. As usual, if you have any problems, ideas or nice things to say, get in touch!

– 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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  • Javier Eguiluz

    Thanks for publishing this monthly summary. It’s always interesting to read it.

    As a minor suggestion, I would have included in the Symfony section the yearly summary post published on their blog. Here is for those interested:

    • Dmitry Tronin

      Thanks for sharing!