michael_morris1 — 2012-03-02T09:27:46-05:00 — #1
From the PHP website:
PHP 5.4.0 released!
The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.4.0. This release is a major leap forward in the 5.x series, which includes a large number of new features and bug fixes.
Some of the key new features include: [traits, [url=http://docs.php.net/manual/en/language.types.array.php]a shortened array syntax, [url=http://php.net/manual/en/features.commandline.webserver.php]a built-in webserver for testing purposes](http://us3.php.net/traits) and more. PHP 5.4.0 significantly improves performance, memory footprint and fixes over 100 bugs.
For users upgrading from PHP 5.3 there is a migration guide available here, detailing the changes between those releases and PHP 5.4.0.
Further details about the PHP 5.4.0 release can be found in the [release announcement, and the full list of changes are available in the [url=http://php.net/ChangeLog-5.php]ChangeLog](http://us.php.net/migration54).
jgetner — 2012-03-02T13:36:40-05:00 — #2
Traits are the beez neez out of 9!.... And so comes the end of development stacks soon enough such as wamp, mamp, lamp, xamp....
oddz — 2012-03-02T16:08:09-05:00 — #3
Closures can now be called in the context of an object!!! – finally.
serverstorm — 2012-03-02T16:13:07-05:00 — #4
Yes this is great news indeed.
salathe — 2012-03-03T07:39:20-05:00 — #5
I just want to say that the migration guide, while available, is not 100% finished yet. If you spot any problems, please do file a bug report and we'll get right on it.
As for the release, yay! It took a while to get out of the door, but I for one am super-happy that the new features and fixes are available to all. (:
ralphm — 2012-03-03T08:45:10-05:00 — #6
What's replacing them? Do you mean the built-in webserver?
jgetner — 2012-03-04T00:48:05-05:00 — #7
as the soon enough part is the key there as if you look at what the stacks used for php development they offer 3 key things needed but not required to develop php first php next apache witch is what the new server simulates as i have not talked to my source about the in's and out's yet but i couldn't imagine apache being included into php but simulated so with now the language and a server the only thing missing from php that other development stacks offer is the RDBMS.