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Discussion on: PHP needs its own ES6

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Juha-Matti Santala Author

I agree with Chad here.

I think PHP would benefit from a start from zero but that's never gonna happen. Too much will break if they do. So I started to think about alternatives.

I think it's great that in Javascript, not everyone has to use ES6. I see it as an enhancement rather than requirement and I think the "ES6-for-PHP" idea could follow that. A layer on top that people can use if they want but the code that gets actually run is still plain old PHP.

And I'm not saying that we have to take a Javascript route in PHP world. ES6 just happened to be a nice model that people who've done Javascript understand as a notion. It's not removing anything from Javascript, it's not forcing anyone to upgrade, but if you want to use it, it makes writing Javascript so much nicer.

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Juha-Matti Santala Author

And to reply your original question Jorge:

So, do you think PHP need to start from zero or redone some stuff like the guys of JavaScript are doing?. Why?

Yes. Not necessary "like the guys of Javascript are doing" but in some way. Do you not agree on the problems I've laid out in the blog post? With the wildly inconsistent naming and function parameters, wonky array functions and functionality and other problems?