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What's New in WordPress 5.7

What's New in WordPress 5.7

WordPress 5.7 is just around the corner, and here is a summary of what's new and improved in WordPress 5.7.
Character escape sequences and numeric notations in PHP

Character escape sequences and numeric notations in PHP

A complete guide to character escape sequences and numeric notations (such as binary, octal, hexadecimal and decimal)
Best Markdown libraries for PHP

Best Markdown libraries for PHP

A comparison of features and performance of Markdown processing libraries for PHP.
Composer Security Hardening

Composer Security Hardening

Security precautions Composer already has, and what you can do to improve them further.
Laravel Release Cycle Changes from 2021

Laravel Release Cycle Changes from 2021

Laravel to change its six-month release cycle to once a year.
PHP Curl Security Hardening

PHP Curl Security Hardening

A detailed guide to harden security when using Curl with PHP.

PHP Versions and Changes

Version StatusFuture Release

PHP 8.1 is in active-development, and is the target version for new features and improvements.

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

Latest and greatest PHP version with typed properties, short array syntax, and more.

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.

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