php[architect] — October 2015

We’re just over a month away from the release of PHP 7 and I’m really looking forward to using the new features added to the Zend Engine. However, as important as it is, the PHP ecosystem would be nothing if the engine wasn’t easily extendable. Extensions allow integration with other libraries and add existing solutions to our toolbox. We can handle new problems without reinventing any wheels. Early on, it was the ease of talking to MySQL through libmysql that fueled the use of xAMP to build websites. Today, there are many extensions for PHP available—both well known and more niche ones. In this issue, we’ll look at 3 extensions that will prove useful to you.