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PHP 5.6 Has An Exponential Operator, New Features

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Published on 18 February 2014 05:35 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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The second alpha release of the forthcoming PHP 5.6 is now available. PHP 5.6 is shaping up to be a very nice evolutionary upgrade to this popular web programming language that also works well for CLI scripting.

PHP 5.6 Alpha 2 brings an expoential right associative operator (**), a new mysqli_get_links_stats() function, and upgrade to PCRE. These changes build upon the PHP 5.6 Alpha 1 changes from late January that have more MIME types being supported by the CLI web-server, improvements to empty string handling, support for internal operator overloading, reduced _POST data memory usage by 200~300%, a dedicated syntax for variadic functions, implemented constant scalar expressions, OPcache optimizations, OpenSSL improvements, new session functions, and many bug-fixes. Those interested in learning more about all of the changes for the upcoming PHP 5.6 release can read this NEWS blob in Git. Other PHP 5.6 features have also been already talked about on Phoronix.

Details as it affects programmers in moving to PHP 5.6 is covered via the PHP migration manual.

PHP 5.6 Alpha 2 was released last week and more details on its release can be found via php.net. It will be interesting to see how PHP 5.6 compares to Facebook's greatly-advancing HipHop Virtual Machine with HHVM being an alternative PHP implementation.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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