PHP 7.4 to be Available

The giant number of features and improvements are included in the newest update
02 December 2019   93

After a year of development, the release of the PHP 7.4 programming language is presented. The new branch includes a series of new features, as well as several changes that violate compatibility.

Key improvements in PHP 7.4:

  • Typed Properties
  • Arrow Functions
  • Limited Return Type Covariance and Argument Type Contravariance
  • Unpacking Inside Arrays
  • Numeric Literal Separator
  • Weak References
  • Allow Exceptions from __toString()
  • Opcache Preloading
  • Several Deprecations
  • Extensions Removed from the Core

The functions get_magic_quotes_gpc (), get_magic_quotes_runtime (), hebrevc (), convert_cyr_string (), money_format (), ezmlm_hash (),restore_include_path (), ldap_control_paged_result_response__preport (), are declared obsolete.

A warning is provided about using an outdated feature when trying to process invalid characters in the base_convert (), bindec (), octdec (), and hexdec () functions, as well as when specifying a non-string pattern in mb_ereg_replace ().

Get more information at the official website.

WordPress 5.3 to be Released

The new edition offers a new Twenty Twenty theme among other things and improvements
14 November 2019   205

After six months of development, the release of the WordPress 5.3 web content management system is presented. The main changes in the new release are related to the modernization of the visual editor for block layout of pages, which provides more intuitive controls, new layout options for blocks are added, support for additional styles is added, and support for inserting high-resolution images is improved. For people who prefer keyboard control, a new navigation mode has been added that allows you to quickly switch between blocks without going through elements in each block.

The new edition offers a new Twenty Twenty theme, optimized to take advantage of the new visual block editor features and provide more flexibility when changing the layout. For designers, features such as the new "Group" block have been proposed to simplify dividing the page into sections. Added support for fixed-width columns in the "Columns" block. New predefined layouts have been added to simplify the intricate arrangement of content. For blocks, the ability to bind predefined styles is implemented.

Among other innovations: ensuring compatibility with PHP 7.4, support for automatic rotation of images after downloading (based on the orientation parameters of the screen of the mobile device during the picture), advanced tools for identifying possible problems on the site (Health Check) and verification of the administrator’s email address (periodically requires confirmation relevance of email, so as not to lose access in the event of a change of address).