Here’s a nice overview of “PHP in 2019” for those who are still trying to avoid the language because of some preconceived or outdated reasons.
* PHP is actively developed with a new release each year
* Performance since the PHP 5 era has doubled, if not tripled
* There’s a extremely active eco system of frameworks, packages and platforms
* PHP has had lots of new features added to it over the past few years, and the language keeps evolving
* Tooling like static analysers has matured over the past years, and only keeps growing
And here are some of the recent features that have made it into the language:
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of new features in PHP:
* Short closures
* Null coalescing operator
* Typed properties
* Spread operator
* JIT compiler
* Anonymous classes
* Return type declarations
* Contemporary cryptography
* Lots more
Here are a couple of handy Google Chrome extensions that I came across the other day.
“Programmer migration patterns” is an interesting attempt to identify where programmers start and how move from one programming language to another. This is not precise science, obviously. But I have to say that I mostly agree with the findings.
The first language that I learned (back in school) was BASIC, which then gave me some legs with Visual Basic later in college. Also in college, I’ve learned assembler, C, and Pascal, which guided me to some amateur and professional development with Delphi.
Soon after that I discovered Linux, which meant shell scripting. I played with awk, but I didn’t have to dive deep, as Perl was already available. Perl was probably my first true programming language, which I learned outside of school and college, and which I have been using for years to build all kinds of things. I still love Perl dearly, but the last few years I have been mostly using PHP, with some occasional Python.
Let the source be with you!
- Read and write support for MongoDB
- Read support for Elasticsearch
- Message queues support via a number of brokers, including Amazon SQS
- Server Push support for HTTP/2
- Full compatibility with OpenAPI v3 (Swagger)
- Automated admin interface and project documentation
- A variety of components from the Symfony framework
I’m pretty sure that I’ll be taking this for a spin in the nearest future!