PHP has witnessed few changes that are worth noticing and can’t make you get the most out of PHP. The 4 biggest improvements of the language to drive the developers crazy with ecstasy are as follows:
- Getting to know Package & dependency management
We usually use PEAR, short form of which is (PHP Extension and Application Repository) for Package and dependency management of PHP until now. However, PEAR comes with its own baggage of poor maintenance. Apart from that, it is not user-friendly and the techniques used are outdated. But still, PEAR was widely used due to the absence of package-management systems for PHP as a whole unlike other PHP frameworks which employed their own package-management systems like CodeIgniter‘s Sparks and CakePHP‘s Bakery.
This difficult scenario is about to change with the advent of Composer. Composer receives notes from Ruby’s Bundler and Node JS‘s NPM system. It comes with a repository named Packagist. Packagist has many common PHP apps, frameworks and other components included in it. This helps packages to be tracked from project to project so that it can be ascertained as to exactly where the packages are required and can be installed as per the requirements.
Two major changes of PHP is the HHVM and the Hack language. Hack language has taken PHP with additional features and just not the default PHP. Compiling PHP code with C++ code is done by HHVM, allowing ten times better performance, for its last execution. Both being new innovations has left us without much of its impact being felt. But there are always reasons to keep PHP alive as a highly choiceable platform.
- Effective Functionalities
A group of PHP programmers came together to organize and develop standards of letting them to develop the project consistently. They work with the hope that over a time, this language will be chosen for an array of project types.
- Understanding PHPNG
Improvements in PHP can be brought about in many ways if developers started using the upcoming version. PHPNG, which is the development branch, consists of various information on how to improve the memory consumption for various functions. We get to see a reduced number of machine instructions for any given action to be completed, among many other favorable operations.