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PHP.net:
PHP 7.1.0 Alpha 1 Released
Jun 14, 2016 @ 10:48:09

The official PHP.net site has officially posted about the latest (alpha) release in the PHP 7.x series: PHP 7.1.0 Alpha 1:

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.1.0 Alpha 1. This release marks the beginning of the first minor release in the PHP 7.x series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system.

This is an alpha release and is not meant to be used in production. Features in this release include nullable types, allow specifying keys in list() usage and class constant visibility modifiers. You can see the full list of changes (and bugs fixed) in the NEWS file. As with all non-stable releases, you can get this latest alpha from this downloads page (for source) or the windows QA site (for the Windows binaries).

tagged: php71 alpha release version language preview development

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2016-06-09-1

SitePoint PHP Blog:
An Overview of PHPUnit 5 – What’s New? What’s Coming?
May 10, 2016 @ 09:24:37

On the SitePoint PHP blog there's an article posted talking about the next major version of the PHPUnit unit testing tool - PHPUnit 5. It talks about what's new, what's changed and what has been added to help make your testing more effective.

It was January 2016 when the PHPUnit development team [announced](https://github.com/sebastianbergmann/phpunit/wiki/Release-Announcement-for-PHPUnit-5.0.0) the release of PHPUnit 5.0.

While several minor version have already been released since, PHPUnit’s major version 5 has introduced several new functionalities and deprecated a few others. In this article, we’ll take a look at the most notable changes.

Included in the list of changes the article mentions are things like:

  • the bump up the minimum PHP version requirements (5.6+)
  • new assertion methods
  • deep object cloning
  • passing mocks along with expectations

Several more are included and, with each some code examples or links to other resources for more information.

tagged: phpunit5 overview preview release features changes update

Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/an-overview-of-phpunit-5-whats-new-whats-coming/

php[architect]:
php[tek] 2016 Conference : Speaker Previews
Apr 26, 2016 @ 11:27:20

If you've been considering attending the php[tek] conference this year but aren't quite sure what it's all about, you should check out these speaker preview videos for a bit more detail.

A number of our speakers for our php[tek] 2016 conference have graciously offered to make preview videos for us, showcasing what their talk will be out.

We started releasing them a few days ago and will be continuing to do so over the coming week. You can see a full playlist of these from Youtube below. Make sure to pick up your ticket soon, the conference is just 4 short weeks away!

You can find the current list of videos in this playlist over on YouTube that includes speakers like:

  • Cal Evans
  • Joe Ferguson
  • Tim Lytle
  • Jeff Geerling
  • Doris Chen

If you're ready to pick up a ticket of your own, check out the main conference site for more details about the event, sessions and to order your tickets.

tagged: phptek tek16 conference speaker preview video community

Link: https://www.phparch.com/2016/04/phptek-2016-conference-speaker-previews/

PHP.net:
PHP 7.0.0 RC 8 Released
Nov 26, 2015 @ 08:36:56

The latest (and last in the series) Release Candidate for PHP 7 has been released as mentioned on php.net today. This is a development preview release only and is not intended to be used in production.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 RC 8. This is the thirteenth pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system. [...] PHP 7.0.0 RC 8 contains fixes for 11 reported bugs.

This release fixes several final bugs that were preventing the final stable release of PHP 7.0.0, some relatively major. You can download this latest release from either the QA download page or from the Windows QA site. If you're interested in what's changing in this release (and in PHP 7 overall) check out the NEWS file.

tagged: php7rc8 release candidate language final development preview

Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-11-26-1

PHP.net:
PHP 7.0.0 RC 7 Released
Nov 12, 2015 @ 11:22:41

On PHP.net today they've announced the released of the latest (and hopefully last) Release Candidate before the final, stable version of PHP 7 is announced: PHP 7.0.0. RC7.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 RC 7. This is the twelfth pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system.

[...] This release candidate is unplanned and ships instead of the announced RTM for the reasons of yet additional quality improvement. If no major issues appear within the usual two-week test period, the 7.0.0 general availability (GA) release will be brought out. You can also read the full list of planned releases on our wiki.

You can find the complete list of changes in the NEWS file. You can get the download of this latest release from either the QA source download page or the windows.php.net QA site. Remember, this is a release candidate version and is not meant to be used in production.

tagged: php7 php7rc7 releasecandidate release preview development language version

Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-11-12-1

PHP.net:
PHP 7.0.0 RC 6 Released
Oct 29, 2015 @ 11:23:16

The PHP project has just released the latest (and last before the general availability) Release Candidate for the upcoming major version of the language - PHP 7 RC6.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 RC 6. This is the eleventh pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system. [...] PHP 7.0.0 RC 6 contains fixes for 10 reported bugs and marks the end of the pre-release circle.

Please note that this is a preview release and is not meant for use in a production environment. You can grab this latest Release Candidate version from the QA downloads page or the Windows QA site for the binaries. The next release, a general availability version, is planned for November 12th.

tagged: php7 releasecandidate php7rc6 language release preview

Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-10-29-1

PHP.net:
PHP 7.0.0 RC 5 Released
Oct 15, 2015 @ 11:39:45

The main PHP.net website has posted a new announcement today about the release of PHP 7.0.0 RC5, the latest pre-release (Release Candidate) of the upcoming major version. This is a preview release and is not meant to be used in production.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 RC 5. This is the tenth pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system. [...] PHP 7.0.0 RC 5 contains fixes for 11 reported bugs and over 100 commits with various improvements.

[...] For more information on the new features and other changes, you can read the NEWS file, or the migration guide for a complete list of upgrading notes. NEWS and UPGRADING files can also be found in the release archive.

You can download this latest release to test out your applications from the QA downloads pages either for the source release or the Windows binaries. The next release planned is RC6 and will be happening on October 29th.

tagged: php7 releasecandidate php7rc5 language release preview

Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-10-15-2

Rob Allen:
Simple Ansible file for Z-Ray preview
Sep 15, 2015 @ 10:12:07

For those wanting to check out the latest preview of the Zend Z-Ray stand-alone version, Rob Allen has posted a full Ansible script to help building the environment much easier.

Recently, Zend made available a Z-Ray Technology Preview which takes the Z-Ray feature of Zend Server and makes it stand-alone. This is very interesting as it means that I can run it with the PHP 5.6 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Vagrant set up that I prefer. I decided to create an Ansible playbook to install Z-Ray into my VM. The Z-Ray instructions are clear enough, so it was simply a case of converting them to a set of YAML steps as who wants to do manual installation nowadays?!

The configuration is set up to run on a Ubuntu machine with PHP 5.6 installed. It will download the Z-Ray plugin, extract it and copy over all necessary configuration files to get it up and running. This stand-alone version can help to make debugging your applications simpler with real-time information right in your browser.

tagged: zray preview standalone version ansible configuration ubuntu php56

Link: http://akrabat.com/simple-ansible-file-for-z-ray-preview/

PHP.net:
PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1 Released
Jun 12, 2015 @ 12:50:11

The first release on the path to PHP7 has officially been released according to this new post on the main PHP.net website - PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1. This release marks the beginning of the PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system. PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 1 comes with new version of the Zend Engine with features. [...] For more information on the new features and other changes, you can read the NEWS file or the or the UPGRADING file for a complete list of upgrading notes. These files can also be found in the release archive.

As with other alpha PHP releases, you can download this preview version from the downloads page or windows.php.net/qa website for the binaries.

tagged: php7 alpha1 release version download preview news upgrading

Link: http://php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-06-11-3

PHP.net:
PHP 5.6.0beta1 released
Apr 14, 2014 @ 11:52:56

As is mentioned on the main PHP.net site, the release of the first beta of the PHP 5.6.0 series has been released (PHP 5.6.0beta1). This is only a preview release and should not be used in production.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.6.0beta1. This release adds new features and fixes bugs and marks the feature freeze for the PHP 5.6.0 release. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs in the bug tracking system.

Among the new features coming in PHP 5.6.0 are things like the addition of a fread method on the SplFileObject, an update to the DateTimeImmutable class, support for marks to the PCRE extension and support for asynchronous connections and queries to the Pgsql extension. If you'd like to test out this latest beta release on your systems, you can download it from the PHP QA site (or the Windows QA site if you're so inclined).

tagged: php56beta1 release language development preview

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2014-04-11-1