The first Tilburg PHP Meetup: The road to PHP 7.1, Michelangelo van Dam

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Michelangelo van Dam

Our first speaker will be: Michelangelo van Dam works at in2it as a professional PHP consultant assisting businesses to automate their development processes, improve their code quality and train their development teams. Michelangelo is also president of the PHP user group PHPBenelux where he and a team organizes monthly meetups, development events and an annual conference. He's a devoted member of the global PHP community and contributes to open-source projects, mainly PHP related.

The road to PHP 7.1

In December 2015 PHP 7.0 was released, marking a new milestone for PHP and web application developers. Looking at the changelog and removed functions we thought all was going to be easy to migrate to PHP 7.0. Unfortunately many of the extensions and tools we use weren't ready yet. In December 2016 PHP 7.1 was released and the urgency to update became real as PHP 5.6 was nearing end-of-life. In this talk I describe the analysis and the challenges we faced migrating towards PHP 7.1 so you can learn how to defeat those challenges if you plan to migrate too.