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PHP 8 Programming Tips, Tricks and Best Practices

By : Doug Bierer
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PHP 8 Programming Tips, Tricks and Best Practices

By: Doug Bierer

Overview of this book

Thanks to its ease of use, PHP is a highly popular programming language used on over 78% of all web servers connected to the Internet. PHP 8 Programming Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices will help you to get up-to-speed with PHP 8 quickly. The book is intended for any PHP developer who wants to become familiar with the cool new features available in PHP 8, and covers areas where developers might experience backward compatibility issues with their existing code after a PHP 8 update. The book thoroughly explores best practices, and highlights ways in which PHP 8 enforces these practices in a much more rigorous fashion than its earlier versions. You'll start by exploring new PHP 8 features in the area of object-oriented programming (OOP), followed by enhancements at the procedural level. You'll then learn about potential backward compatible breaks and discover best practices for improving performance. The last chapter of the book gives you insights into PHP async, a revolutionary new way of programming, by providing detailed coverage and examples of asynchronous programming using the Swoole extension and Fibers. By the end of this PHP book, you'll not only have mastered the new features, but you'll also know exactly what to watch out for when migrating older PHP applications to PHP 8.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1: PHP 8 Tips
Section 2: PHP 8 Tricks
Section 3: PHP 8 Best Practices

Learning how to spot BC breaks before a migration

Ideally, you should go into the PHP 8 migration with an action plan in hand. A critical part of this action plan includes getting an idea of how many potential BC breaks exist in your current code base. In this section, we show you how to develop a BC break sniffer that automates the process of looking through hundreds of code files for potential BC breaks.

First, we'll step back and review what we've learned so far about BC issues that might arise in PHP 8.

Gaining an overview of BC breaks

You already know, having read the previous chapters in this book, that potential code breaks originate from several sources. Let's briefly summarize the general trends that might lead to code failure after a migration. Please note that we do not cover these topics in this chapter as these are the topics that have all been covered in earlier chapters in this book:

  • Resource-to-object migration
  • Minimum versions for...