PHP 7.0 getting closer to release

The PHP development team recently announced the availability of PHP 7.0.0 RC 2 – the seventh pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. The final version is expected in October 2015.

PHP 7.0 provides new language features, and promises users twice the performance of PHP 5 by basing it on the PHPNG project (PHP Next-Gen).

“The performance gains realised from PHP 7 vary between 25% and 70% on real-world apps, and all of that just from upgrading PHP, without having to change a single line of code,” said PHP developers Zend.

PHP 7 will also allow developers to declare what kind of return type a function is expected to have – similar to argument Type Hints.

PHP 7 also comes with new version of the Zend Engine, with features such as consistent 64-bit support, removal of old and unsupported SAPIs and extensions, and a combined comparison Operator (<=>).

The next release will be RC 3, which is set to available on 17 September.

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