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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


In this chapter, you learned how the term environment is used rather than server because many websites these days use virtualized services. You then learned about three distinct environments used during the deployment phase: development, staging, and production.

An automated tool that is able to scan your application code for potential code breaks was introduced next. As you learned in that section, a break-scanning application might consist of a configuration file that addresses removed functionality, changes to method signatures, functions that no longer produce resources, and a set of callbacks for complex usage detection, a scanning class, and a calling program that gathers filenames.

Next, you were shown a typical twelve-step PHP 8 migration procedure that ensures a greater chance of success when you are finally ready to upgrade the production environment. Each step is designed to spot potential code breaks, with fallback procedures in case something goes wrong....