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The Wonderful PHP 8 Features and Changes Part 1: The PHP 8 Plan - 12 Minutes Lately in PHP Podcast Episode 88

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PHP 8.0 is available since November 2020. It implements many excellent features requested by the PHP community to help improve many aspects of how developers can create their PHP projects.

After several years of pause, the Lately in PHP podcast returns with an episode recorded in November 2020 to comment about a few of the most exciting features and changes introduced by PHP 8.

In the first part of this podcast episode, Manuel Lemos and Samuel Adeshina comment about the PHP 8 planned improvements provided in PHP 8. In the following podcast episode parts, we cover more features of PHP 8 in detail.

Listen to the podcast, watch the video with manually edited subtitles in English, read the transcript to learn more about these exciting PHP 8 topics, and find where to buy the original PHP elePHPants shown in the podcast video.

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List of Transcript Sections That You May Read Below

Introduction to the Podcast and the Hosts (17s)
The PHP 8 Plan (2m 26s)
How to Buy the Official PHP elePHPants (6m 40s)
Upcoming PHP Classes Marketplace (9m 25s)
Conclusion (10m 36s)

The Actual Transcript

Introduction to the Podcast and the Hosts (17s)

Manuel Lemos: Hello, welcome to the Lately in PHP podcast. After a few years of pausing the podcast I am going back to present this podcast to bring up what are the new things in the PHP world in the form of video and audio, if you prefer the audio version, and you are listening to it.

And let me just comment briefly who I am. I am Manuel Lemos. I am the founder and developer of the site. If you have been in the PHP community long enough, you probably remember it. It's a site that is... I would say old, not as old as I am, but it has been in activity since 1999.

Personally, I started working with PHP in 1997. I could spend a whole day talking about my career in the PHP world, but now it's the time to introduce you my friend and collaborator for many years, Samuel Adeshina from Nigeria.

And I have a great pleasure to have here with us because he is going to share a lot of nice things about what is going on in the PHP world with me. Hello Samuel. How are you doing?

Samuel Adeshina:  I'm fine thank you Manuel. It's i'm good to be here.

Manuel Lemos: Okay. Well can you talk a bit briefly about you what you do?

Samuel Adeshina: OK. That's just fine.

Manuel Lemos: What is your relation with the PHP?

Samuel Adeshina: Yes, I am primarily a PHP programmer. I've been developing PHP programs for the better part of seven years now. I've known PHP classes for a while I've been writing my packages there.

I'm really excited about PHP 8 now. It's good to be here talking about it.

The PHP 8 Plan (2m 26s)

Manuel Lemos: Yes, that is the main topic of today. We are in November 14th today, the time that we are recording. You're probably watching this later, which is normal.

And you will be introduced to some things that you may be aware or not about the PHP 8 features. I'm going to just show you briefly a page that exists in the PHP site. There is a wiki there. And what you can see is that there was a plan to implement these features many years ago.

And lots of people have collaborated and you can see the plan was long. PHP 7 was released like I would say 5 years if I'm correct. And many people were involved. A lot of work has been done. And I like to pay tribute to many of the developers that collaborated to make PHP 8 possible.

PHP as a community is like a big enterprise. It's not a small number of people.

We're talking about probably millions of people that use PHP like over 7 million I don't have the accurate numbers. It's just an estimate based on past numbers that were announced.

But the people that really make PHP happen, the new versions and the past versions as well, are people that are listed in this page. I know many of them, some personally, others just for talking them all over the internet.

For instance, Derick has been in the PHP community many years ago. Actually even invited him to come to a PHP conference in Brazil when we were involved in that. He also is the developer PHP debug, well-known debugging extension. Very good for integrating with IDEs.

And then many others. DuoDraco and Galv„o are also people that help organizing PHP events in Brazil. I could stay here and talk about many of them. I don't know all of them personally.

Samuel Adeshina: Thank them for having started this. Without them PHP would not be where it is today.

Manuel Lemos: Just to mention for instance Zeev here is the founder of the Zend. Zend was a company that was sold. It was an exit. Zend went to another level. And they did a great job. And it was hard that everything that is good in life it's hard because it takes a long time. And many things need to happen and they are now on other projects. And also Rasmus is the founder of PHP project.

He created the initial implementation of the language and then he start collaborating with other people that have been in in the community since many years ago and thank you for being open-minded to collaboration because the collaboration is what makes things happen in a big way. That's my experience and let's thank them for this. I could stay hours talking about all the people that I may know or not but we don't have the time.

How to Buy the Official PHP elePHPants (6m 40s)

Manuel Lemos: And we are practically ending this podcast. And it's up to you. This is just one episode of the Lately PHP podcast on which we are talking about PHP 8. We will also talk about other  aspects.

What I would like to say to end this podcast if you allow me, we are doing this podcast is also work, work of collaboration we are not asking anybody to pay us.

We are doing this because we have fun. We are doing this as a part of the content that will be published in the PHP Classes site, as well in YouTube.

And what we would like, if you allow us, is that if you would like to support not only the PHP community as a whole but also PHP Classes, is try to find these in the PHP Classes just to show...

Samuel Adeshina: The best stress relief you need as a PHP programmer.

Manuel Lemos: ...this is the official PHP ElePHPant that was allowed to be produced and sold, by Vincent Pontier from France, the creator of the design. Actually, there one improvement, like PHP 8, think about this is the PHP 7 ElePHPant. The PHP 8 is more like this.

This is the the pink, as you may see. And we are going to also make available the possibility to personalize your elephants with maybe your name, like Carolina, and oh this is the PHP Classes also. These are optional. Actually you need to do extra work to pay that cost a bit more.

And one possibility is this to have the PHP 8 logo. There this is also a design of Vincent Pontier.

We are very, very grateful for him and for his kindness. He's been supporting the site for many years. Not only he allowed us to produce this one but also the previous one which was also an improvement from a contributor of the site.

And we want actually to pay him royalties and he was being kind enough to waive those royalties. And all the money that we can get to to the site is reverted to continue further development.

Upcoming PHP Classes Marketplace (9m 25s)
We want to pay more contributors, more PHP developers to help us to improve the feature that many developers want. Oh I would like the PHP Classes to be better.

And PHP Classes will be better in a way that I hink many people will like, which is, we are going to help developers to buy and sell their own software products written in PHP or maybe APIs or components or courses, many things that will be announced soon and are part of a plan that we have been executing very slowly but is moving on every day a single bit until we get there.

So we hope in the next months we open the PHP Classes marketplace which will be like many markets that are out there on which can help you, Samuel, or other people to have their products be sold in the market.

Conclusion (10m 36s)

So basically that's it. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to listen to us. And hopefully we have provided value in terms of knowledge about the new features of PHP 8, as well features for the upcoming versions of PHP, by versions I mean the other features that PHP 8 has implemented.

And on my behalf that is all for now. I'll like to leave you with the last words from Samuel. Last words for now. He is not going to die okay?

Samuel Adeshina: Thank you for this episode about PHP 8. And I would just encourage you to check it as soon as it is released which is hopefully in less than two weeks from now. 

Manuel Lemos: OK. Let's see us again soon. If you would like to propose topics or even participate in the podcast with us, just contact us. We're going to make available the contacts.

We are very accessible and anybody can contact us. Send us emails. Send us spam. Send us complaints. Send us complaints. Send whatever you feel it's right for you to comment. So we will be waiting for your comments, or not, it's up to you. On my behalf that is all for now. Bye.

Samuel Adeshina: Thank you. Thank you. Bye.

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