PHP Annotated – October 2022

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Greetings everyone!

Welcome to the October installment of PHP Annotated, where we’ll catch up on the most exciting things that have happened in the PHP world over the last month, including curated news, articles, tools, and videos.


PHP Core

Most of the Core news is covered in detail in the PHP Core Roundup series from the PHP Foundation, so we’ll only mention it briefly:

  • RFC: json_validate #PHP 8.3
    Juan Carlos Morales proposed adding a new function called json_validate() that verifies whether a string contains a valid JSON. It saves memory when you don’t need to fully parse the string, but rather just check if it’s a JSON.

    var_dump(json_validate('{ "test": { "foo": "bar" } }'));  // bool(true)
    var_dump(json_validate('{ "": "": "" } }')); 		        // bool(false)
  • RFC: Improve unserialize() error handling #PHP 8.3
    Tim Düsterhus proposed throwing a new UnserializationFailedException when unserialization fails.

    This RFC caused a massive discussion on Twitter, and ultimately the new exception part was not accepted. Instead, the severity of the thrown error will now be increased from E_NOTICE to E_WARNING.

  • 📣 RFC: Randomizer Additions #PHP 8.3
    Tim Düsterhus and Joshua Rüsweg propose adding new “building block” methods to \Random\Randomizer. These methods would implement commonly useful operations that are either verbose or very hard to implement in user land.

    namespace Random; 
    final class Randomizer {
        // […]
        public function getBytesFromAlphabet(string $alphabet, int $length): string {}
        public function nextFloat(): float {}
        public function getFloat(float $min, float $max): float {}
  • 📣 RFC: Destructuring Coalesce #PHP 8.3
    Bob Weinand proposes adding an operator for default values in destructuring assignments.

    $input = 'key=value';
    [$key, $val ?? 'default value'] = explode('=', $input, 2);

    By the way, the defaults can now be appended to the array like so:

    [$key, $val] = explode('=', $input, 2) + [null, null]

    Thanks for the tip, Sergii Shymko!


  • dunglas/frankenphp – The modern PHP app server, written in Go and embedded in Caddy web server.
    Kevin Dunglas summarized this server’s main differences from RoadRunner:

  • krakjoe/parallel – A succinct parallel concurrency API for PHP 8+. The extension follows Golang’s philosophy on parallelism – “Do not communicate by sharing memory; instead, share memory by communicating” – and provides all the necessary bricks, like Channels, Events, and Futures.
  • cachewerk/relay – A Redis client like PhpRedis and Predis, but much faster because it is written as a PHP extension. The authors also provide Laravel, WordPress, and Magento integrations for caching.
  • Saeghe – A modern PHP package manager.
    PHP now has one more package manager! It uses GitHub links as dependencies. Additionally, it does not rely on PSR-autoloading, relying instead on a build stage.

    Competition is always a good thing!

  • composer-unused/composer-unused – A package that scans your code to reveal unused composer dependencies.
  • square/pjson – This library helps deserialize JSON into actual objects of custom-defined classes. It does so by using PHP 8’s attributes on class properties.
  • doctrine/collections 2.0.0 – A popular collections library that has received a major update adding more strict typing and native parameter and return types.
  • heiglandreas/holidayChecker – This package allows checking whether a given date is a holiday and is locale-aware.
  • Laragon – Another local dev environment tool – one that’s a portable, isolated, fast, and powerful alternative to XAMPP and similar solutions. Learn more in this post on PHP.Watch.
  • gacela-project/gacela – This package helps you build modular PHP applications, by splitting your project into different modules in a unified way. Heavily inspired by Spryker.






Check out these upcoming big PHP gigs, and consider visiting or submitting a talk idea:

And if you are wondering when the next PHP meetup is, Tomas Votruba has got you covered with his lovely meetup aggregator. There is also a calendar on php.netEvents: November 2022.

That’s all for today, thanks for reading!

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