February 3, 2016
PHP has come far since its humble beginnings as an inline scripting language. Though often overlooked due to its early history of weak language features and encouraging poor coding practices, PHP 5+ has offered a solid choice for those seeking a powerful, flexible language for web application development. With the release of version 7, PHP is ready to go toe-to-toe with other popular choices.
We'll look at some of the new language features of PHP 7 as well as its significant performance improvements. We'll also see how it stacks up to other options like Ruby, Python, Node, and PHP spinoffs such as Hack, and how these options might work together. We'll also take a brief look at common frameworks ready for use with PHP 7.