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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

Chapter 1: Introducing New PHP 8 OOP Features

In this chapter, you are introduced to new PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor 8 (PHP 8) features specific to Object-Oriented Programming (OOP). The chapter features a set of classes that can be used to generate CAPTCHA images (CAPTCHA is an acronym for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart), clearly illustrating new PHP 8 features and concepts. This chapter is critical in helping you quickly incorporate new PHP 8 features into your own practice. In doing so, your code will run faster and more efficiently, with fewer bugs.

The following topics are covered in this chapter:

  • Using constructor property promotion
  • Working with attributes
  • Incorporating match expressions into your program code
  • Understanding named arguments
  • Exploring new data types
  • Improving code using typed properties