It looks like the latest edition of PHP has been released, PHP 7 , and it brings a lot of new enhancements. Its biggest new capabilities are vast speed improvements, rumor has it that its on par with Facebook’s proprietary HHVM project (PHP JIT compiler). There’s a nice write up here over at Kinsta.com of PHP 7 vs. HHVM and some of the new technologies incorporated into PH 7 . Below are some additional PHP 7 related links you may find useful:
- Features and capabilities Zend PHP 7 announcement page , article
- Guide (php.net) on how to migrate content form 5.6 to 7.x PHP
- WordPress & PHP 7 : WordPress developers have been busy preparing for WordPress on PHP 7 .
- Download Links PHP 7 | PHP 7 Windows Download
Strangely PHP 6 never saw the light of day, from the various comments it appears that its development direction was eclipsed by PHP 7 performance improvements, and it looks like it will become a dead branch in the lineage of PHP versions…
Of course all this hoopla about a new version, doesn’t really affect today’s current in-production site(s) , but depending on how quickly hosting companies adopt this new version will tell how bright its future will be.. For a complete feature set visit PHP 7 new features