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Discussion on: PHP needs its own ES6

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Ben Halpern

This is very well put. As an outsider, my understanding of the last decade or so of PHP, there has been a lot of performance tuning but less done to ameliorate things about the interface?

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Juha-Matti Santala Author

Yeah, there's been a lot of talk and work on the performance and it's become way better with PHP7. From 5.4 on there has been small but super valuable improvements in the core syntax as well but since nothing breaks backwards compatibility and there's not much overlap with existing, the basics have not evolved as much as I'd like to see.

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Matthieu Cneude

PHP introduced the possibility of strong typing with PHP 7 too (scalar and return typing) which is really cool I think. It's not perfect, but way better than PHP 5 or the ugliest versions before.