Xdebug Update: December 2020 – Derick Rethans

Xdebug Update: December 2020

Another monthly update where I explain what happened with Xdebug development in this past month. These will be published on the first Tuesday after the 5th of each month.

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In December, I worked on Xdebug for about 46 hours, with funding being around 30 hours. I worked mostly on the following things:


A few bugs were found in Xdebug 3.0.0, which should not come as a surprise, as with any big .0 release, users always find things that go wrong. December saw the 3.0.1 release, and the 3.0.2 released followed in the new year.

Xdebug 3.0.1 fixed several crashes and other bugs that are present in Xdebug 3.0.0. The crash when removing a breakpoint (or run-to-cursor) was the most notable fix in this release.

You’ll have to wait for the January 2021 wrap up to find out about the 3.0.2 release, or you can have a look at the release announcement.

There are also new release of PhpStorm and the VS Code Plugin to address a few Xdebug related issues from their sides. On top of that, the GitHub repository of the VS Code Plugin has been moved to the Xdebug organisation. There is a back log of pull requests and issues that need looking at.


I have started making videos to introduce Xdebug 3 and how to use it. The first one on Xdebug 3’s modes can be watched on YouTube.

I am currently working on a video to explain all the new features in Xdebug that help you find problems with running Xdebug itself.

Xdebug Cloud

I have been continuing to test Xdebug Cloud, and I am working with a few private alpha testers. They’re putting the hosted Cloud service through its paces.

At the same time I am working with a designer to make the https://cloud.xdebug.com look pretty too.

If you want to be kept up to date with Xdebug Cloud, please sign up to the mailinglist, which I will use to send out an update not more than once a month.

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Object properties, part 2: Examples – larry@garfieldtech.com

Object properties, part 2: Examples

In my last post, I went over some of the pros and cons of various proposals for making PHP objects more immutable-ish, and the contexts in which they would be useful. I also posted the link to the PHP Internals list, where it generated some interesting if meandering discussion (as is par for the course on Internals).

One of the requests was for sample code to demonstrate why I felt particular feature proposals were better than others. Fair enough! This post is in response to that request, and I think it will help illuminate the challenges better.

For this exercise, I chose to experiment with a junior version of the PSR-7 request object as a concrete example. The code below is not exactly PSR-7; it’s a representative sample of portions of a naive, slightly reduced scope version of PSR-7 requests only, and using all PHP 8.0 features available. The goal is not a complete working object, but sufficient real-world representative examples of situations that an immutability plan would need to address.

Continue reading this post on PeakD.

9 January 2021 – 6:33pm

Free ticket to The Online PHP Conference! – Rob Allen

I’m very happy to be speaking at The Online PHP Conference this year. As you can guess from the title, this is an online event so is easily accessible right from your desk.

Sebastian, Arne, and Stefan are acknowledged experts in PHP development and so an opportunity to hear their thoughts is always welcome. In this case, they have also invited a number of us to share our thoughts as well, expanding on the topics covered. It should be a good event and I encourage to buy a ticket and attend.

One area where I’ve found in-person events have the edge on virtual ones is the so-called hallway track where speakers and attendees can interact in ad-hoc conversations. I’ve always had really good conversations where I can ask and answer interesting questions and we learn things in a more informal setting. So, I was excited to discover that thePHPCC have thought about this.

From A Happy New Year 2021:

In addition to presenting much more (and more diverse) content than last time, we have made our already famous Hallway Track even better, allowing for more informal exchange between attendees and speakers. This is definitely something to look forward to. After our first edition of The Online PHP Conference, many attendees said that taking part in the Hallway Track almost felt like attending a conference in person.

I’m intrigued!

Free tickets!

thePHP.cc have very kindly made available a couple of tickets to me that I can give to you! All you need to do is email me with your first name and last name. On Monday 11th January, I’ll pick the winners at random. I’ll delete your email afterwards and of course I’ll only email you if you win.

If you don’t win, get your company to buy a ticket anyway!