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It's release day!
Security fixes, so get downloading!

7.3.5: externals.io/message/105555 
7.2.18: externals.io/message/105557 
7.1.29: ...announcement coming soon.

RT @WyriHaximus
What version are you running:

Be part of the PHP release cycle by testing the latest versions of PHP!

7.3.5RC1: externals.io/message/105320 
7.2.18RC1: externals.io/message/105317 

My DateTime library tells me it's time for another round of PHP releases.

cURL up these hyperlinks for details on the latest in PHP.

7.3.4: externals.io/message/105071 
7.2.17: externals.io/message/105073 
7.1.28:externals.io/message/105084

And most importantly, a HUGE Thank You to the many individuals and organizations who helped host the main PHP website over the years.

github.com/php/web-php/commit/

php.net/thanks.php

With a few minor exceptions (improvements) you shouldn't notice any difference, but please let us know if anything breaks.

This also means that all traffic to php.net/  websites should be automatically https by default.

Effective today, the PHP project has ended its volunteer mirror program. All users of PHP will now be accessing php.net/  sites directly from project servers and via CDN.

github.com/php/web-php/commit/

The two latest RCs have hit the streets. Get testing!

7.3.4RC1: externals.io/message/104838 
7.2.17RC1: externals.io/message/104858 

Announcing Release Managers for PHP 7.4 (Alpha: 6 Jun, GA: 21 Nov):

* Peter Kokot
* Derick Rethans

7.4 is expected to be the LAST branch of the PHP 7 series. Watch for PHP 8 in 2020.

externals.io/message/104581#10
wiki.php.net/todo/php74 

RT @nikita_ppv
New RFC for arrow functions / short closures: wiki.php.net/rfc/arrow_functio

Uses fn($x, $y) => $x * $y syntax and implicit by-value binding of variables. The RFC has a detailed discussion on why we're unlikely to get the more popular ($x, $y) => $x * $y syntax...

Happy Birthday to The Web!
Best Friends Forever!

Listen up, PHP devs-all,
I've got a brand new tarball.
It's a security release,
so I'm begging you please,
Download and hit make install.

7.3.3: news.php.net/php.internals/104
7.2.16: news.php.net/php.internals/104
7.1.27: news.php.net/php.internals/104

RT @pear
10/10: The only community of users that likely interacted with a go-pear.phar file is someone that has PHP already and wanted to manually install PEAR themselves, and chose to manually download go-pear.phar to do it. Once PEAR is installed, go-pear.phar would not be used again.

RT @pear
9/10: If you manually installed PHP and it included a PEAR installation during its installation, it is hugely unlikely that go-pear.phar was pulled in for that task (it uses install-pear-nozlib.phar instead)... and even more unlikely that you would have used it on that system.

RT @pear
8/10: If you installed PEAR on your Linux system using your distribution's package management tool, it is hugely unlikely that go-pear.phar was included with it... and even more unlikely that you would have used it on that system.

RT @pear
7/10: If your system has PHP and PEAR preinstalled, it is hugely unlikely that go-pear.phar is on it... and even more unlikely that you would have used it on that system.

RT @pear
6/10: The largest misunderstanding we see in the wild is thinking that go-pear.phar *is* the PEAR installer program itself, and that it's what you use over and over again to install various PEAR packages. This is *not* the case.