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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

Handling differences in arithmetic, bitwise, and concatenation operations

Arithmetic, bitwise, and concatenation operations are at the heart of any PHP application. In this section, you learn about hidden dangers that might arise in these simple operations following a PHP 8 migration. You must learn about the changes made in PHP 8 so that you can avoid a potential code break in your application. Because these operations are so ordinary, without this knowledge, you will be hard pressed to discover post-migration errors.

Let's first have a look at how PHP handles non-scalar data types in arithmetic and bitwise operations.

Handling non-scalar data types in arithmetic and bitwise operations

Historically, the PHP engine has been very forgiving about using mixed data types in an arithmetic or bitwise operation. We've already had a look at comparison operations that involve numeric, leading-numeric, and non-numeric strings and numbers. As you learned, when a non-strict...