PHP News, Articles, Upcoming Changes, and more

PHP.Watch Articles

Writing better Regular Expressions in PHP

Writing better Regular Expressions in PHP

How to write more readable, self-explanatory, and effective regular expressions in PHP.
PHP's new convention on using namespaces for extensions

PHP's new convention on using namespaces for extensions

A recent RFC passed in favor of using a namespace for PHP extensions.
How to compile PHP from source on Debian/Ubuntu - Beginner's guide

How to compile PHP from source on Debian/Ubuntu - Beginner's guide

Beginner's guide to compile PHP from the source, on Ubuntu/Debian with up to date instructions for PHP 8 and up.

PHP News

PHP 8.1 Alpha 1 Releases on June 10

The first PHP 8.1 development release, Alpha 1, releases on June 10, 2021.

PHP 8.1 Release Managers elected

The vote to select two additional Release Managers for PHP 8.1, along with Joe Watkins concluded today with Ben Ramsey and Patrick Allaert being Release Managers-elect.

Update to recent `git.php.net` incident

An update to recent the `git.php.net` compromise and attempt to place a backdoor.

PHP Versions and Changes

Release Date2021-11-25
Version StatusFuture Release

PHP 8.1 is the next major PHP version, up for release on November 2021.

PHP 8.1 will bring Enums, Fibers, never return type, and more!

Release Date2020-11-26
Version StatusSupported (Latest)

PHP 8.0, on the 25th year of PHP history, brings several important features such as Union Types, JIT, Constructor Property Promotion, Match Syntax, Named Parameters, and several more performance, syntax, and quality-of-life improvements.

Release Date2019-11-28
Version StatusSupported

PHP 7.4, the final release in the PHP 7.x series. PHP 7.4 brings typed properties, underscore numeric separator, and other minor improvements to PHP.

Release Date2018-12-06
Version StatusSecurity-Fixes Only

Heredoc/nowdoc syntax improvements and a bunch of legacy code deprecations.

Release Date2017-11-30
Version StatusUnsupported

Argon2 password hashing support, class constant visibility, object type, and many more.

Subscribe to PHP.Watch newsletter for monthly updates

You will receive an email on last Wednesday of every month and on major PHP releases with new articles related to PHP, upcoming changes, new features and what's changing in the language. No marketing emails, no selling of your contacts, no click-tracking, and one-click instant unsubscribe from any email you receive.