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What's new in PHP V5.3, Part 2: Closures and lambda functions
Follow along in this "What's new in PHP V5.3" series of articles that covers the new and exciting features found in PHP 5.3, a version that will be released by the end of this year. Part 1 of the series looked at the changes made to the object oriented programming and object handling in PHP 5.3. In Part 2, we look at closures and lambda functions. They are designed to make programming much easier by allowing you to easily define throwaway functions that can be used in many different contexts.
Articles 09 Dec 2008
What's new in PHP V5.3, Part 5: Upgrading from PHP V5.2
This "What's new in PHP V5.3" series covers new and exciting features in PHP V5.3, which is scheduled to release soon. 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. In Part 3, we look at namespaces, which is one of the most anticipated and the most debated feature in this release of PHP. In Part 4, we take a close look at Phar, which is an archive format that can be used within PHP. In this final part of the series, learn about things to consider when upgrading from PHP V5.2. There are changes that break backward-compatibility and features that are deprecated in PHP V5.3 for removal in future versions. Some enhancements to existing features within PHP are also covered.
Articles 24 Feb 2009
What's new in PHP V5.3, Part 4: Creating and using Phar archives
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 version.
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Articles 27 Jan 2009
What's new in PHP V5.3, Part 3: Namespaces
PHP V5.3 will be released by the end of 2008. This series of articles covers new and exciting features found in this release. Part 1 of the series looked at the changes made to the object oriented programming and object handling in PHP 5.3. Part 2 looked at lambda functions and closures. Here in Part 3, we look at namespaces, which is one of the most anticipated and the most debated feature in this release of PHP. The concept of namespaces provides a way to help avoid problems with multiple functions, classes, and constants of the same name being defined multiple times.
Articles 20 Jan 2009
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