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PHP 7.0 Released

phpThe PHP development team has released the new major PHP 7.0 series.

PHP is a popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development. Fast, flexible and pragmatic, PHP powers everything from your blog to the most popular websites in the world. PHP is perhaps the most commonly used scripting language on the internet.

  • Improved performance: PHP 7 is up to twice as fast as PHP 5.6
  • Significantly reduced memory usage
  • Abstract Syntax Tree
  • Consistent 64-bit support
  • Improved Exception hierarchy
  • Many fatal errors converted to Exceptions
  • Secure random number generator
  • Removed old and unsupported SAPIs and extensions
  • The null coalescing operator (??)
  • Return and Scalar Type Declarations
  • Anonymous Classes
  • Zero cost asserts

Although Scarab Media will support PHP 5.6 for some time (until it reaches it’s End of Life), it is strongly encouraged that you update your PHP-based website to PHP 7.0 as soon as possible. A Migration Guide is available, as is a Detailed Summary of Backwards Incompatible Changes. WordPress sites on the most recent version should be fully compatible with PHP 7.0, although outdated Themes and Plugins may have issues.

All Web Services at Scarab Media will support PHP 7.0 as of Wednesday, January 13th, 2016.

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