Features of PHP version 7
In PHP, we know different different CMS we used. But, the question arises that Do your sites run on these PHP enabled CMS like WordPress, Joomla, Magento and Drupal? If you said no, then i have a news for you that PHP releases new version named PHP 7, which have all features that meet up your requirements. But, PHP 7 is still in Development phase so we don’t use it for production whenever it will be finally released.
Features of PHP 7 :
Why Named PHP7 (Not PHP6) : We currently used the version number PHP 5.6. After some problem, developers decide to release a new version named PHP6. This version is already existed, but it is not reached at the production phase. So, to prevent users with latest development, developers release new version named PHP7.
New Zend Engine : We use Zend Engine with current version of PHP5 series that enhance the functionality of initial engine and adds an extensible object model and a significant performance enhancement to the language. So, PHP7 release the brand new version that coming under the name of PHP#NG (Next Generation).
Increase the speed : The most important advantage of the new PHPNG engine is performance improvement. It optimized memory usage. With PHP7, not only your code will executed fastly, but we also need fewer server to serve the large amount of users.
Facilitates Error Handling : To handle a fatal and catchable fatal error is not an easy task for developer or coder. The new Engine Exception allow us to replace these kind of errors. The New engine exception can give result in two kinds of exceptions in error handling : traditional and Engine exceptions.
Add Anonymous classes : PHP7 enables you to use Anonymous classes. An anonymous class is a class without a name. If anonymous classes are used well, then they speed up coding as well as execution time. Anonymous class is good when a class is used only once during execution.
Facilitates Imports from the same Namespace : The new feature will be good for those who want to import many classes from the same Namespaces. It will make you code easier and save you lot of typing time.
64-Bit Windows system support : The PHP5 series not support large files and 64-bit integer. PHP7 will change it and introduces consistent 64-bit support. So, now it support 64-bit integer and also support large files.
Enables accurate type declarations : The new PHP7 version enables developer to enhance the quality of their code with the help of return type declaration.
New spaceship : The spaceship operator runs under the name of combined comparison operator and it look like this : < = >. It is also known as Three-way comparison operator and its also exist in other languages like Perl and Ruby. The spaceship return value 0, if both operands are equal, return 1 if the left operand is greater and return -1 if the right operand is greater.
The goal of PHP7 was to free up the space that enable improvement.