An Early Look At Possible Changes/Features For PHP 7.2, PHP 8.0
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 15 September 2016 at 08:23 AM EDT. 10 Comments
PHP developer Pascal Martin has offered an early look at possible changes and new features for PHP 7.2 along with very early contenders for PHP 8.0.

PHP 7.1 isn't even being released until at least November, but being into the feature freeze, it's not too early talking about PHP 7.2 that should be released at some point in 2017. PHP 8.0, meanwhile, probably won't come for at least a few years.

Among the possible changes for PHP 7.2 talked about by Pascal Martin are an E_WARNING on invalid container read array-access, adding an Argon2 password hash, a pipe operator, and a null coalesce equal operator. Those are currently in an RFC phase via the PHP Wiki.

Those curious about other RFCs currently under discussion for PHP can be found here.

Possibly seeing removal from PHP 8.0 is the mb_ereg_replace() eval option and the mcrypt extension.

You can read Pascal Martin's blog post here.

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