Chris Gmyr
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The Latest in PHP: September 2018 Edition


The September version of the "Latest in PHP" is out! Shared at our monthly TrianglePHP meeting, here are the things you need to know. If you'd like the raw slides or use this as a starting point for your own meetup, please visit our GitHub Repository.

The Latest in PHP

September 2018 Edition

Presented by

Chris Gmyr


PHP Releases


  • 5.6.38
  • 7.0.32, 7.1.[21-22], 7.2.[9-10]
  • 7.3.0RC1 Released

PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.0 will lose both active support and security fixes by this December.



  • In Voting
    • Typed Properties 2.0 (private $id; vs public int $id;) Postponed until next release
    • Always available hash extension (make the hash extension (ext/hash) always available, similar to the date, spl & pcre extensions.)
  • Under Discussion
    • Deprecate and Remove ext/wddx (infavor of JSON)

Framework: Laravel

5.7 Released!

  • New Resources Directory
  • New pagination customizations
  • Imrpoved Error Messages
  • Better ways of testing Artisan Commands
  • New Dump Server
  • Callable Action URL’s

Nova 1.1.0 Released

Framework: Symfony


  • 4.1.4
  • 3.4.15
  • 2.8.45

(bug fixes)

CMS: Drupal

  • 8.6.1
  • 8.5.7 (bug fixes impacting upgrade paths)


  • 2018.2.3
    • 7.3 support
    • Trailing comma in function calls
  • 2018.3 EAP
    • Flexible Heredoc and Nowdoc Syntax Support
    • PHPDoc PSR-5 collection type hints
    • Multiline Todos



  • GitHub Pull Requests extension
  • Settings editor
  • New terminal window
  • CSS @import path completion


Sublime Merge

A snappy UI, three-way merge tool, side-by-side diffs, syntax highlighting, and more.

  • Powerful Search
  • Blame
  • File & Hunk history
  • Command Line Integration
  • Free evaluation license, $99 for dark theme

PHP Conferences - October

ZendCon 2018 October 15–17, Las Vegas, CA

PHP Conferences - November

MadisonPHP November 2–3, Madison, WI

php[world] 2018 November 14–15, Washington D.C.

Nomad PHP

US Build of a Modern ORM enabled Apigility API By Tom Anderson

Europe The Faster Web Meets Lean and Mean PHP! By Andrew Caya

Open Call for Papers

SunshinePHP 2019 CfP Deadline: September 15, 2018 February 7–9, Miami, FL

PHP UK Conference 2019 CfP Deadline: September 18, 2018 February 20–22, London, England

ConFoo Montreal 2019 CfP Deadline: September 24, 2018 March 13–15, hotel bonaventure

Upcoming regional events

Oct 7-8 - NCDevCon -

Oct 23-24 - All Things Open -

Notable News & Articles

Next Month @ TrianglePHP

TDB Presented By YOU?!?!

Thursday, October 18 6pm Atlantic BT

Consider "Chipping In"

Have a Job/Need a Job

Who's hiring? Who's looking? What are you looking for?

Tonight @ TrianglePHP

Discussing pattern misuse and unit testing gotchas

Presented By - Chris Saylor

Thank you to Atlantic BT for hosting and refreshments!