PHP 7 released and its creator makes twitter debut!

For PHP community, after 13 pre-releases, the release of first major PHP 7 series was a testament to the yearlong effort of 3 experts Dmitry Stogov, Xinchen Hui and Nikita Popov. Besides, the man behind PHP 7 Dmitry Stogov debuts in twitter with a tweet on PHP 7.

Finally, the man behind PHP7 joins Twitter – and here’s the debut Tweet !

The long-awaited, first major release of PHP 7.0 series was released on 3rd of December 2015 .The next series is slated to release in 2016. The last version PHP 5.6 was released about two years back on 28th August, 2014.

Beyond the hard works of Dmitry Stogov, Xinchen Hui and Nikita Popov,  PHP 7.0.0 comes with a new version of Zend Engine, numerous improvements and new features such as:

  • Improved performance: PHP 7 is up to twice as fast as PHP 5.6
  • Significantly reduced memory usage
  • Abstract Syntax Tree
  • Consistent 64-bit support
  • Improved Exception hierarchy
  • Many fatal errors converted to Exceptions
  • Secure random number generator
  • Removed old and unsupported SAPIs and extensions
  • The null coalescing operator (??)
  • Return and Scalar Type Declarations
  • Anonymous Classes
  • Zero cost asserts

PHP 7 is twice as efficient as the version 5.6

PHP 7 claims to be twice as much efficient as its last version 5.6. Here’s what Xinchen Hui @laruence@laruence –  one of the 3 key members behind PHP7 retweeted –

This version promises to boost security and performance. After 20 years since it was first introduced by Rasmus Lerdorf, PHP still hasn’t lost its charm and comes up with breathtaking features and upgrades with an ever growing community of passionate PHP developers.  Let’s see what’s in store for 2016 ?

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