Chris Gmyr
Developer, entrepreneur, drummer, biker, dog owner, husband, and proud dad. Loves Laravel and coffee

The Latest in PHP: April 2018 Edition


Every month for the last year at TrianglePHP we've been presenting a segment called "The Latest in PHP" where we look at new features, product and framework releases, and spotlight news articles. Not everyone in the community is as up-to-date as others, so this gives everyone a chance to see what's new before our main presentation.

The original idea for this came from Eric Poe which did something similar for the Kansas City PHP User Group.

Including this segment at our meetup has helped our group in many ways. First, as I mentioned, it gives all of the members an easy and quick, way to get up to date on latest news and changes since the last meetup. Second, it allows newer PHP community members to get a glimpse of what resources are available to them. Lastly, since the segments are usually only 10-15 minutes long, it gives an excellent opportunity for new speakers to get their feet wet talking to a group.

I'd love to see more meetup groups implement something similar to this and help the PHP community grow. You can visit our GitHub Repository for a general outline and presentation template. If your group starts presenting this segment, please tweet a picture and slidedeck to @TrianglePHP and me - we'd love to see how it goes!

Presented by: Chris Gmyr (@cmgmyr)

PHP Releases


  • 5.6.35, 7.0.29, 7.1.16, 7.2.4
  • All bug fixes

PHP Supported versions April 2018


  • Accepted
    • Arrays starting with a negative index (8.0)
  • Implemented
    • is_countable (7.3)

Negative indexed arrays (current)

$a = array_fill(-2, 3, true);

array(3) {

Negative indexed arrays (new)

$a = array_fill(-2, 3, true);

array(3) {

Is Countable

// before 
if (is_array($foo) || $foo instanceof Countable) {
    return count($foo);

// after
if (is_countable($foo)) {
    return count($foo);


Latest: 7.1.2, 6.5.8

PHPUnit 5 has reached its End of Life on February 2, 2018 and no longer receives bug fixes

Framework: Laravel


  • Better support for signed routes
  • Added callback support to optional() helper
  • Added @elseauth and @elseguest Blade directives
  • Added view:cache command
  • Replaced Blade's or operator with null-coalescing operator
  • Added SessionGuard::logoutOtherDevices() method
  • Security: Check iv length in Encrypter::validPayload() (5.5.40 also)

Framework: Symfony

2.7.x, 2.8.x, 3.4.x, 4.0.x

  • Bug Fixes

CMS: Drupal

7.58, 8.3.9, 8.4.6, 8.5.1

highly critical security vulnerabilities

A remote code execution vulnerability exists within multiple subsystems of Drupal 7.x and 8.x. This potentially allows attackers to exploit multiple attack vectors on a Drupal site, which could result in the site being completely compromised.

CMS: Wordpress


  • Don't treat localhost as same host by default.
  • Use safe redirects when redirecting the login page if SSL is forced.
  • Make sure the version string is correctly escaped for use in generator tags.
  • Improved compatibility with PHP 7.2.



  • Refactor your code to functional style
  • Creating class from test
  • Codeception: code coverage
  • Updated HTTP Client



  • Syntax aware code folding
  • Convert to ES6 refactoring
  • Better large file support
  • Organize JS/TS imports
  • Emmet performance and smart matching improvements

PHP Conferences - April

DrupalCon Nashville April 9–13, Nashville, TN

Longhorn PHP Conference April 19–21, Austin, TX

PHP Conferences - May

PHP Serbia Conference May 25–27, Belgrade, Serbia

php[tek] May 29–June 1, Atlanta, GA

Nomad PHP

April 19

US How to Use Generators to Beat Memory Bloat By Korvin Szanto

Europe Mining Your Code for Efficient Documentation By Damien Seguy

Open Call for Papers

All Things Open Oct 23-24, Raleigh, NC CFP Ends: April 24

Texas Camp May 31–June 2, Austin, TX CFP Ends: April 19

Upcoming regional events

April 28-29 - WordCamp Raleigh

Aug 16-17 - Southeast PHP (Nashville, TN)

Oct 7-8 - NCDevCon

Oct 23-24 - All Things Open

Notable News & Articles