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PHP 7.4 EOL: Upgrade to the latest version

Author: Emma George
by Emma George
Posted: Sep 08, 2022

PHP 8.2, the next PHP 8 minor release, releasing on November 24th, 2022. So let's take a look at some of the most exciting new additions and features that will make PHP faster and more reliable. Even though PHP 8.1 significantly improves performance and code readability, PHP 8.2 will be the true benchmark for PHP performance. Besides new features, the language has undergone significant changes. The majority of these changes are non-breaking, but some may have an impact on your code bases.

Deprecation warnings are not, by definition, "breaking," but rather serve as a warning to the developer that functionality will be removed or changed in the future. It is best not to ignore deprecation warnings and to fix them as soon as possible, as this will make the upgrade path to PHP 8.0 easier. Before talking about 8.2 let's discuss the difference between PHP 7.4 and PHP 8.0

When will PHP 7.4 EOL?

PHP 7.4 will reach end-of-life (EOL) on November 28, 2022, which means that known security issues will no longer be addressed, leaving sites vulnerable to serious security vulnerabilities.

They must be updated to a newer version. We recommend upgrading to either:8.0 is supported till November 26, 2023, and 8.1 is supported till November 25, 2024. New major PHP versions provide a slew of new features as well as some incompatibilities. Before switching PHP versions in production situations, these should be tested. For the new PHP supportability, you may need to have your developers update some code, as well as check plug-ins and app versions

What do we do if PHP 7.4 comes to an end?

PHP 7 was first released in 2015. Currently, 68.9 percent of all PHP-powered websites are still using one of the 7.4 versions. PHP 8 has been available since November 2020, but only 1% of websites have made the switch.

Using outdated software is rarely a good idea. The older the software, the more likely it has flaws, obsolete functions, or a lack of developer support. That lack of support is exactly what EOL means.

When a piece of software reaches its end of life, developers stop providing support, major updates, and security patches. As a result, if you continue to use that outdated version, you will be on your own for any problems.

Why do you need to upgrade to PHP 8 / 8.1?

On November 26, 2020, PHP 8 is available to the general public. This new update introduces several new features and optimizations to the language. While many RFCs have already been accepted and implemented, it's time to dive into some of the most exciting new features that have made PHP faster and more secure.

You may need to improve your code to make it run on PHP 8. If you've been keeping up with the new releases, the update shouldn't be too difficult because most of the breaking changes were already deprecated in the 7. x versions.

Aside from breaking changes, Php 8.0 introduces new features such as the much-anticipated JIT compiler, union types, attributes, and much more continue reading…

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