I’m actually pretty excited about PHP 5.4’s release. I still manage to write a fair amount of PHP these days.
I suspect it will be quite some time until I have enough PHP 5.4 targets to utilize some of the newer features like Traits and the short array syntax, but that’s OK. Performance and memory improvements are always welcome. I doubt I’ll touch the built in web server much. It seems to only be intended for testing, and I never really ran across PHP without Apache (except when I didn’t want it in which case cli is what I wanted).
One slight disappointment is that there is a short array syntax, but no short object syntax. I guess you could always use casting to make it happen like this:
But that still isn’t ideal. I’d prefer to see:
Maybe next time around.