Changes Being Worked On For PHP 7.1
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 21 May 2016 at 09:22 AM EDT. 5 Comments
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PHP 7.1 is coming later this year as the first significant update to last year's PHP 7 release that delivered huge speed improvements.

We've already been looking forward to new features with PHP 7.1 and in not looking at the 7.1 work in a few months, more improvements have materialized.

Among the new features on the table for PHP 7.1 is Curl HTTP/2 server push support, OpenSSL AEAD support, void return types, caching multiple exception types, class constant visibility, generalized support of negative string offsets, removal of mcrypt(), and more.

Over on dotdev.co was a recent write-up about the new work so far for PHP 7.1 along with some of the code examples of the new language features.

Via the PHP.net/rfc remains a list of all the features, including potential changes still being evaluated by the PHP developers. One feature I'm still waiting to see is PHP's built-in web server become multi-threaded. What else would you like to see added or changed about PHP? Share your thoughts by commenting on this article in the forums.
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