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PHP 5.6.0 released
August 28, 2014 @ 10:36:15

The PHP development group is happy to announce the official release of the latest in the PHP 5 series - PHP 5.6.0. This release includes lots of bug fixes and several new features including:

There's also several things that will break compatibility with code written for previous versions including changes in JSON decoding, GMP resource handling and updates to the mcrypt functions. For more information on these changes and the list of things to know before using it, check out the migration guide. As always, you can get this latest version from the downloads page or windows.php.net for the Windows users.

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language release update major verson php56

Link: http://php.net/archive/2014.php#id2014-08-28-1

Sanisoft Blog:
Themes in CakePHP 3, A step by step HowTo
August 21, 2014 @ 11:45:38

On the Sanisoft blog there's a recent post that gives you a step-by-step guide to working with themes in the upcoming version 3 release of the CakePHP framework.

Almost every application I code has themes which either the end user can change or the admin can set or can be changed on the fly. Doing all these things was easy in CakePHP 2.x. With the first alpha release of CakePHP 3.x I was naturally keen to try out how theming worked with V3.

He shows how to convert an existing theme into one that will be compatible with the 3.x version of the framework. He breaks it down into seven steps (well, technically eight) to make it easier to follow along:

  • Step 0: Make the "posts" table
  • Step 1: Bake the model, controller and views for the Posts
  • Step 2: Bake in the "Twit" plugin
  • Step 3: Download and install the Twitter Bootstrap
  • Step 4: Create the "default.ctp" file with the content given
  • Step 5: Make the "index.ctp" template with the given content
  • Step 6: Add the line to the AppController to use the new theme
  • Step 7: Reload and verify the results
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theme cakephp framework version3 update template

Link: http://www.sanisoft.com/blog/2014/07/21/themes-in-cakephp-3-howto/

PHPClasses.org:
PHP 7 Features and Release Date
August 04, 2014 @ 12:54:58

As Manuel Lemos mentions in his most recent blog post the official name for the next major release of the PHP language has been decided...and no, it's not PHP 6. Based on the results of this vote, the next major version will start off the PHP 7 series.

Manuel talks about some of the reasoning behind skipping over the PHP 6 naming and how it's possible that the PHPNG branch could become the base for PHP 7. Some of the improvements in this release could include:

  • Huge Performance Improvements
  • JIT (Just In Time) Engine
  • AST: Abstract Syntax Tree

As it stands now, there's no predicted release date for PHP 7, but guesses put it between one to three years out, depending on the functionality it plans to include.

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php6 php7 language update major version release

Link: http://www.phpclasses.org/blog/post/242-PHP-7-Features-and-Release-Date.html

PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.31 and 5.5.13 Released
July 25, 2014 @ 10:07:02

The PHP development group has officially released the latest in the PHP 5.4.x and 5.5.x series today: PHP 5.4.31 and PHP 5.5.15

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.4.31 [and PHP 5.5.13[. Over 10 bugs were fixed in this release. All PHP 5.4 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

Bugs fixed in these releases include updates to the core language, the built-in CLI server, the PostgreSQL extension and the streams interface. You can view the full list of changes (and related bugs) in the full Changelog. As always, you can download this latest release either from the main downloads page or from windows.php.net for the Windows users.

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language release bugfix update

Link: http://php.net/archive/2014.php#id2014-07-24-2

PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.30 & 5.5.14 Released
June 27, 2014 @ 09:49:17

PHP.net has posted two new release announcements today, one for PHP 5.4.30 and the other for PHP 5.5.14.

For the PHP 5.4.30 release:

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.4.30. Over 20 bugs were fixed in this release, including the following security issues: CVE-2014-3981, CVE-2014-0207, CVE-2014-3478, CVE-2014-3479, CVE-2014-3480, CVE-2014-3487, CVE-2014-4049, CVE-2014-3515. All PHP 5.4 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version. Please, note that this release also fixes a backward compatibility issue that has been detected in the PHP 5.4.29 release.

For the PHP 5.5.14 release:

The PHP Development Team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.14. This release fixes several bugs against PHP 5.5.13. Also, this release fixes a total of 8 CVEs, half of them concerning the FileInfo extension. All PHP users are encouraged to upgrade to this new version. Please, note that this release also fixes a backward compatibility issue that has been detected in the PHP 5.5.13 release.

As always you can download these latest releases from the main downloads page (or here for Windows users) and see the complete list of changes in the Changelog.

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language release bugfix security update

Link: http://www.php.net/archive/2014.php#id2014-06-26-1

Evert Pot:
HTTP/1.1 just got a major update.
June 10, 2014 @ 11:23:57

While not specific to PHP, the HTTP specification that defines how web applications talk has gotten a major update in its latest version. In his latest post Evert Pot summarizes some of these changes and how they'll impact the work you're doing.

The IETF just published several new RFCs that update HTTP/1.1 [...] These documents make the original specification for HTTP/1.1 obsolete. As a HTTP geek, this is a big deal.

These new RFCs include definitions of standards around message syntax and routing, conditional requests, authentication, the 308 status code and the forwarded HTTP extension. Evert gets into the details of some of the changes, pointing out the major changes first and places where ambiguity has been resolved. He also includes a list of other "interesting things that have changed" in these new specs including clarifications around dealing with unexpected whitespace, the removal of the default charset of ISO-8859-1 and that the 204, 404, 405, 414 and 501 status codes are now cacheable.

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http11 http specification rfc update summary

Link: http://evertpot.com/http-11-updated/

PHP.net:
PHP Versions 5.5.13 & 5.4.29 Released
May 30, 2014 @ 09:28:21

The PHP.net development group has made two release announcements today about the latest versions in both the PHP 5.4.x and 5.5.x series: PHP 5.4.29 as well as PHP 5.5.13.

This release [of PHP 5.5.13] fixes several bugs in PHP 5.5.12, and addresses two CVEs in Fileinfo (CVE-2014-0238 and CVE-2014-0237). [Additionally, in PHP 5.4.29] 16 bugs were fixed in this release, including two security issues in fileinfo extension. All PHP 5.4 users are encouraged to upgrade to this version. [...] All PHP users are encouraged to upgrade to these new versions.

As always, you can get these latest releases from either the main downloads page or windows.php.net for the Windows users out there. For the complete list of changes in either release, see the full Changelog.

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language release bugfix security update

Link: http://www.php.net/archive/2014.php#id2014-05-29-5

PHP.net:
PHP 5.6.0beta2 released
May 02, 2014 @ 12:17:35

The PHP development group has officially released the latest beta in in the PHP 5.6.x series - PHP 5.6.0beta2. This is a development release and should not be used in production.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.6.0beta2. As we entered the feature freeze with beta1, this release is almost exclusively a bugfix-only 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 added in this new beta are things like the watchpoint support for phpdbg and a new fetching mode for mysqlnd which uses less memory but implies more memory copy. For more information about the other changes included in this release, check out the evolving documentation or the full NEWS file. You can download this beta from the QA download page (or for the Windows users, here).

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beta release php56 language update

Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2014-05-02-1

HipHop VM Blog:
Compatibility Update
April 22, 2014 @ 09:16:38

The HipHop VM blog has a new post today with some updates around the compatibility work they're doing getting popular PHP projects to work 100% on the platform (and have all unit tests pass).

Earlier this year we set an ambitious goal of passing the PHPUnit test suites of 20 popular frameworks by the end of June; at the time, we were passing on only 6! With a huge amount of help from the community (especially our OpenAcademy students), we're proud to have hit this goal more than 2 months early, and we have more frameworks expected to reach 100% shortly.

Included in their list of projects/frameworks are things like Assetic, Composer, Doctrine2, Guzzle (v3), Laravel, Mockery and Monolog. Now that they've made significant strides to get the HHVM up to a greater level of compatibility, they're going to focus in on the issues list from GitHub to resolve problems there.

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compatibility update framework project unittest bugs issues

Link: http://hhvm.com/blog/4841/compatibility-update

ServerGrove Blog:
Running Composer with HHVM, not so fast!
April 21, 2014 @ 12:46:02

On the ServerGrove blog today they share some interesting results when it comes to using Composer on a normal PHP install versus using it inside of a HHVM instance.

HHVM is an open-source virtual machine developed by Facebook and designed for executing programs written in Hack and PHP. It offers increased performance for PHP, most of the time. [...] Since Composer needs to perform some heavy computations in order to resolve the dependencies of a project, it makes sense to use HHVM. However, the heavy computations are mainly done when running composer update, or when the composer.lock file has not yet been generated so this is where you will see most of your gains in execution time.

With a bit more testing, this is shown to be true (about a 7 second difference). However, this is only on the "update". The "install" command actually takes longer inside of the HHVM instance, regardless of if the JIT (Just In Time) compiler is disabled or not.

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composer install update speed performance benchmark

Link: http://blog.servergrove.com/2014/04/17/running-composer-hhvm-fast


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