What's new in PHP V5.3, Part 4, Creating and using Phar archives

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John Mertic

Date archived: May 19, 2017 | First published: January 27, 2009

PHP V5.3 is scheduled to release soon. This "What's new in PHP V5.3" series covers new and exciting features in this release. Part 1 looks at the changes made to the object-oriented programming and object handling in PHP V5.3, Part 2 looks at lambda functions and closures. And in Part 3, we look at namespaces, which is one of the most anticipated and the most debated feature in this release of PHP. Here in Part 4, we take a close look at Phar, which is an archive format that can be used within PHP. It can be used to not only archive files but also to deliver and run an entire PHP application from a single file. It can be used with PHP as an extension from the PECL repository, but will be an official extension of PHP in the upcoming V5.3 version.

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