The future of PHP

Now that you have finished learning all about PHP 5, you're probably wondering what the development group can do next - where is PHP headed in the next six months, one year, or even three years?

PHP 5 has been a very significant release for the language - it has formalised a lot of the features that before had only a little support, or were perhaps ill-defined. As a major version, PHP 5 is likely to continue being supported for three or four more years before PHP 6 takes over - PHP 4 was officially released on 22nd May 2000 and went through many revisions before being replaced by PHP 5 over four years later.

When it comes to what will be in PHP 6, who knows? The main changes that we're pretty much guaranteed to get are support for Unicode (at last!) and the removal of magic quotes and safe mode support. It's looking very likely that PHP 6 will also include a code cache as standard, which would likely offset any speed losses incurred from switching to Unicode. Beyond that, your guess is as good as mine, for now at least.

In the meantime, be happy that you have chosen such a popular language that is advancing so quickly - PHP is here to stay, and things are only going to get better!

Chapter contents

  1. 25.1. Helping out PHP development
  2. 25.2. Choosing an ISP
    1. 25.2.1. Does your ISP support PHP?
  3. 25.3. Optimisation summary

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