Advent of Code 2021: Functional PHP – Larry Garfield

Advent of Code 2021: Functional PHP

I am planning to participate in Advent of Code this year. For those not familiar with it, it’s a daily coding challenge that runs through December, until Christmas. Mostly it’s just for fun, but some people take it as an opportunity to either push themselves (by solving the puzzles in a language they’re unfamiliar with) or to show off some feature of a language they like, which they then blog about.

In my case, I’ll be solving puzzles in PHP, of course, but specifically using functional techniques. My goal is to demonstrate how functional programming in PHP is not just viable but creates really nice solutions. At least, I hope it works out that way; I haven’t seen any of the challenges yet. πŸ™‚

29 November 2021 – 6:45pm

Evolving PHP safely – Larry Garfield

Evolving PHP safely

Submitted by Larry on 27 November 2021 – 12:37pm

This past week, the latest PHP RFC, Deprecate Dynamic Properties, passed 2:1. It just barely met the 2/3 vote threshold for passing, which of course can and has been spun in various pro-and-con ways. The RFC covers the change itself fairly well so I won’t go into detail about it here.

The main argument people had against it was that it involves triggering deprecation warnings. Which… is kind of the point. That’s kind of all it does.

This is not the first time that debate has come up, but it’s been coming up more frequently and we, as PHP, need to improve the answer.

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Interview with Ben Ramsey – Voices of the ElePHPant


Listen as host Khayrattee Wasseem talks with Ben Ramsey – Release Manager for PHP 8.1 and Staff Engineer at Skillshare. This is a thorough talk about the very beginning of the PHP Community, the early core people that formed the community, the early conferences that was organised namely PHPcon and also about the PHP Appalachia retreat, a deep dive into Ben role as Release Manager for PHP 8.1 and his role as Staff Engineer at Skillshare.


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PHP 8.1.0 RC 6 available for testing – PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor

The PHP team is pleased to announce the release of PHP 8.1.0, RC 6. This is the sixth and final release candidate, continuing the PHP 8.1 release cycle, the rough outline of which is specified in the PHP Wiki. For source downloads of PHP 8.1.0, RC 6 please visit the download page. Please carefully test this version and report any issues found in the bug reporting system. Please DO NOT use this version in production, it is an early test version. For more information on the new features and other changes, you can read the NEWS file or the UPGRADING file for a complete list of upgrading notes. These files can also be found in the release archive. The next release will be the production-ready, general availability release, planned for 25 November 2021. The signatures for the release can be found in the manifest or on the QA site. Thank you for helping us make PHP better.