PHP 7.3.1 Lands A Bunch Of Fixes For This Fastest PHP Release Yet
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 10 January 2019 at 09:26 AM EST. 6 Comments
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For those that wait for a point release or two before upgrading to a new PHP release on your development box or web server, PHP 7.3.1 is out today as the first bug-fix release since last month's big PHP 7.3 release.

PHP 7.3 adds WebP support to the GD imagecreatefromstring(), updated SQLite, an is_countable() function, and other convenient improvements but arguably most notable is PHP 7.3 still improving the PHP performance compared to prior PHP7 releases. So even ignoring the language additions, PHP 7.3 is worthwhile for web hosts simply due to the noticeable performance improvements.

With today's PHP 7.3.1 release there are many bug fixes as outlined at PHP.net. With PHP 7.0 now being end-of-life, it's a good time to upgrade.
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