6 Things You Should Definitely Know About PHP7
Impressive PerformanceJust by upgrading to the newer PHPNG, without adding any new lines to the code, you can get massive performance outputs. The gains that you will achieve from this upgrade are impressive. You are surely going to get the same level of output performance that Facebook HHVM offers with the next gen PHP. With this improved performance, the speed of receiving output has doubled for PHP.
Just In Time EngineThe main purpose behind developing the open source PHPNG was to implement the JIT engine for the Zend based PHP. With the JIT engine feature added to PHP 7, the Zend opcodes would be dynamically compiled into a native machine code, which would enhance the speed of the code, thus improving the performance and speeding up the implementation. As of now, the JIT engine has not been included in PHPNG, but you can expect it to be a part of PHP 7.
PHP Space ShipsWith the new version, a new operator is also being introduced. < = > is the new operator is used for combined comparisons, specifically for sorting. This can be called similar to TIE fighter.
Abstract Syntax TreeThis would position as the intermediary step for PHP compilation. With this, there is a potential for more optimizations that would help improve the speed of PHP. With this, there is a scope to pull in AST to PHP extensions which would further open gates for including interesting tools like static code analyzers that will detect and remove bugs.
Declarations and Scaler TypesIn the new version, developers can declare the return type of function they want to include. With this, the argument type hints as well as the new return type declarations support the new scalar type functions. With this the developers can denote whether they are expecting a string, float, int or bool to be returned in the output.
Implementing Asynchronous ProgrammingThe future of PHP will be changed with the refactoring PHP I/O multiplexing layer. With this, you will be able to take care of event handling with ease. All the processes related to I/O as well as other asynchronous tasks like accessing files, networks, databases etc. will become easy. Easy execution of parallel tasks within a single request will be made possible, which will strengthen the performance of PHP as a whole. There are a lot of speculations doing round on this latest version of PHP. The whole development is a result of the fierce competition that Zend received from Facebook HHVM. Only the release of the version will account for a true picture of the new version and its features. Semaphore Software offers tailor made PHP solutions. We keep ourselves abreast with latest versions to offer solutions with current technologies to our clients. To get in touch with us for PHP solutions, contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
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