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PHP 5.4 A Major Update Designed to Help Forget 6.0

mikejuk (1801200) writes | more than 2 years ago

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mikejuk (1801200) writes "PHP 5.4 has been released along with a new version of Zend Framework. It has it a number of optimizations that make it faster and smaller (early estimates say 10 to 20% faster), a built-in webserver for testing purposes, and features that had been destined for PHP 6.0.
The big addition from the now crashed PHP 6.0 project is Traits which are sort of a cross between a class and an interface and brings some of the advantages of multiple inheritance to PHP.
A good question is what happens when 5.4 evolves its way to 6.0? Will it have to be called 6(2) or something?"

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Is the Version Number an Issue? (1)

FreedomOfThought (2544248) | more than 2 years ago | (#39234139)

Does it really matter what the version number is? These are great features that I am happy to see, so they could call it version 8.6.2c for all I care.

Re:Is the Version Number an Issue? (1)

Hyperhaplo (575219) | more than 2 years ago | (#39237047)

I'll jump in here and say .. yes.

But, rather than reiterate this information try Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_versioning [wikipedia.org]

Software versioning is the process of assigning either unique version names or unique version numbers to unique states of computer software. Within a given version number category (major, minor), these numbers are generally assigned in increasing order and correspond to new developments in the software. At a fine-grained level, revision control is often used for keeping track of incrementally different versions of electronic information, whether or not this information is actually computer software.

If you are in the business of software testing, business analysis, requirements analysis, policy or any directly related role or field.. then yes it matters what the version number is.

If you are referring to PHP; then think about this: Lots of software now depends on PHP. Mediawiki, for example, has a note on its install page regarding an incompatability with a specific version of php ( PHP 5.3.1 is affected by PHP bug 50394 and is not supported ) for which can be related back to the major and minor versions of the software.

Yes. It matters.

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