I want to upgrade my PHP 5 to PHP7 but I don't know my website can work with some new functions of PHP or not. What are the features of PHP7 over PHP5? I read that PHP7 can boost the loading speed for your websites. Is that true?
I don't see any differences between PHP5 and PHP7 except php 7 gives your website better speed.
While to run this version, your web system need to be compatible with it or you have to update addons to run good with it.
PHP7 is just two steps higher than PHP 5. If someone talks about PHP6...run.
But in seriousness, one thing can can be looked at as a positive or negative with PHP7 are codes breaking. There's a lot of lazy coding or bad codes that exist, and PHP7 has forced designers to fix their codes. A win-win for designers and end-users. Good codes that follow strict practices will work in almost any version of PHP5 and PHP7 without issue.
Performance was enhanced by ZEND to speed up PHP based applications. Without changing single piece of code, only upgrading to PHP7 gives huge performance. PHP 7 benefits by having up to 2x faster performance when compared to PHP 5.x.
Main differences between PHP5 and PHP7 are as below -
1. In PHP 5 is using Zend Engine II while PHP7 is using PHPNG (that is PHP Next Generation)
2. PHP7 has great speed and optimized memory usage.
3. In PHP7, error exception facility called Engine Exception is present in which you can mark the fatal error as exception.
4. PHP7 supports 64-bit system while PHP5 does not support it.
One of the differences between them is the speed, PHP7 is faster, needs less servers, the codes run super quickly.
Another plus is that you can use base exceptions, so you can get rid of catchable errors.
Something really cool is that you can run it as always on Linux, but this one is also supported on Windows
You can use anonymous classes, so better execution obviously.
Basically what you will notice is the increase of the speed and the performance, has some new features like the spaceship operator, and the null coalesce operator.
It has some issues with backwards compatibility though, but definitively is not due to its design.
The major difference is in performance.The performance was improved by ZEND to speed up PHP based applications. the performance improvement was huge. Without changing single piece of code, just upgrading to PHP7 gives you enormous performance. Removing certain redundant features can also help improving the performance.
Twice The Speed
The most easily recognizable advantage of the new PHPNG engine is the significant performance improvement. The development team of PHPNG refactored the Zend Engine, and remarkably optimized memory usage.
The results? You can see the performance benchmarks provided by the Zend Performance Team below. By using PHP 7 not only your code will be executed faster but you will also need fewer servers to serve the same amount of users.
I will just mention some points which I find interesting on PHP 7 .PHP7 enables you to use anonymous classes, already a well-established practice in other object-oriented languages like C# and Java.
PHP7 is utilising Zend Engine II .This engine enhanced the functionality of the initial engine and adds an extensible object model and a significant performance enhancement to the language.
PHP7 is also adept at facilitating Error Handling
Advantages of PHP 7
- Benchmarks for PHP 7 consistently show speeds twice as fast as PHP 5.6 and many times even faster
- Error Handling - if an exception thrown from an error that was fatal in PHP 5 goes uncaught, it will still be a fatal error in PHP 7.
- New Operators
- Easy User-land CSPRNG
There are significant differences between PHP5 and PHP7,the main one,as everybody agrees is the performance given by the 2 classes above PHP 7 has. The main focus of PHP 7 is to optimize the structure that represents a variable in PHPâ€”Zend values (zvals). In PHP 7, zvals are not heap allocated and no longer store a refcount. Instead, the refcount is stored by any complex values the zval points to (such as strings, arrays, or objects).
The fact that simple values are not heap allocated in PHP 7 eliminates the need for refcounting, which in and of itself results in a significant performance boost.