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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 6: Understanding PHP 8 Functional Differences

In this chapter, you will learn about potential backward-compatible breaks at the PHP 8 command, or functional, level. This chapter presents important information that highlights potential pitfalls when migrating existing code to PHP 8. The information presented in this chapter is critical to know so that you can produce reliable PHP code. After working through the concepts in this chapter, you'll be in a better position to write code that produces precise results and avoids inconsistencies.

Topics covered in this chapter include the following:

  • Learning key advanced string handling differences
  • Understanding PHP 8 string-to-numeric comparison improvements
  • Handling differences in arithmetic, bitwise, and concatenation operations
  • Taking advantage of locale independence
  • Handling arrays in PHP 8
  • Mastering changes in security functions and settings