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Now that PHP 7 was released, core developers have been discussing extending the support of PHP 5 releases until the end of 2016 and one or two years more for security fixes. That was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in the episode 67 of the Lately in PHP podcast hangout.

The transcripts have returned in the form of summaries for those that want a quick overview of the whole podcast topics.

The hosts also commented about the proposal of code of conduct for PHP contributors, the proposal to allow NULL or multiple types for type hinting of function parameters and return values, having LibSodium cryptorgraphy library in the core of PHP 7.1, having exceptions with multiple catch statements, as well an alternative syntax for list value assignments.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video, or read the podcast summary transcript to learn more about these interesting PHP topics.

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Introduction (0:20)

Summary of Topics (0:31)

PHP 5.6.17 and 7.0.1 released (3:58)

RFC: Union Types (Something|null) (6:15)

RFC: PHP 5 Support Timeline (10:18)

RFC: Adopt Code of Conduct (14:35)

RFC: Libsodium in PHP 7.1 (19:08)

Proposal: Multicatch exceptions (22:52)

Proposal: Alternative list syntax for assignment (25:19)

JavaScript Innovation Award Winners of October 2015 (28:59)

JavaScript Innovation Award Rankings of 2015 (32:05)

PHP Innovation Award Winners of September 2015 (34:08)

PHP Innovation Award Rankings of 2015 (38:40)

Conclusion (42:35)


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Transcript of the Summary

Today we are going to start as usual by talking about the latest releases of PHP 5.6 the first update to PHP 7.0. I think by now there is already a new PHP 5.5 version, but it was released recently, I have not looked into it.

Anyway the next topic we'll cover is about a proposal that has been discussed lately which would allow NULL to be also accepted as an alternative to some type that is defined in type hinting for function parameters and return values.

Then we comment about the timeline that is being proposed for PHP 5. PHP 5 end of support will end some time this here but there was a proposal to extend it more towards the end of the year.

Then we have a new discussion, something that is not really about code, although it has code in the name, which is to adopt a code of conduct. I am not sure what motivated this proposal but this proposal is to address behavior of developers that is not appropriate.

Then we will talk briefly about a proposal to make libsodium, which is a cryptography library, part of the core in PHP 7.1.

Then we'll talk about exceptions, basically the possibility to have multiple catch statements to handle an exception, handle exceptions of different types.

Then finally we wil talk about an alternative syntax for the list statements which allows to process multiple values that are extract from an array, which eventually could be returned from a function.

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