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Summary:What about pthreads?
Author:Rubens Takiguti Ribeiro
Date:2014-03-24 13:29:38
Update:2014-03-25 00:57:47

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Picture of Rubens Takiguti Ribeiro Rubens Takiguti Ribeiro - 2014-03-24 20:15:59
Great article.

But I think Asynchronous Programming can already be done in PHP with the pecl extension pthreads (using other syntax), doesn't it?

"Backwards Compatible Mode" seems inviable, because some features just could not have a simple syntax like comments (use of class with generics, for example).

In any case, I think PHP could adopt some optional improvements and walk beside the hack quietly.

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Picture of Manuel Lemos Manuel Lemos - 2014-03-25 00:57:47 - In reply to message 1 from Rubens Takiguti Ribeiro
From what I understood Hack asynchronous programming is not implemented with threads, but I am not certain either.

The idea for the backwards compatible mode would be just for features that could be emulated with comments, so you can have a PHP version that takes advantage of Hack features.

The original hack syntax would still be supported for those that want to migrate their code and make it more readable.

As for PHP adopting Hack improvements, I agree. The problem is that PHP core developers often disagree, as many of the hack features were already proposed to the PHP core.