Monday, November 19, 2012

PHP 5.5 Development

PHP 5.5.0 is the next major release of PHP and the first Alpha version has been announced to public on PHP's website. There are several interesting things with this major version. Let's look at the new features:
  • support for Generators,
  • a new password hashing API,
  • support for finally in try/catch blocks
  • support for list() in foreach,
  • constant array/string dereferencing,
  • ext/intl improvement.
This version will also drop support to Windows XP and Windows 2003 which are quite old already and they have been supported for a long time by PHP team. Dropping this two Windows release might release some burden on the developers to test in the old version of Windows.

If you want to test this version out, see the ChangeLog and get the source code here and Windows binary here.