PHP7 To Remove Deprecated Functionality

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Mattias Geniar, January 16, 2015

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I’m sure this must have been quite an internal-mailinglist-battle, but I’m glad they heard the community and decided to do The Right Thing for PHP, the language.

This RFC proposes to remove functionality which has been deprecated during the 5.x cycle.

All removals have been accepted., RFC to remove deprecated features

Most notably, I believe, are the following deprecated features which will be removed entirely from the PHP7 codebase:

  • ext/mysql: despite it being a very old MySQL extension, I’d reckon it’s still very widely used, but it’s time everyone moved to pdo_mysql.
  • set_magic_quotes_runtime and magic_quotes_runtime: it seems I’ve seen these deprecation notices since … forever?
  • iconv.input_encoding, iconv.output_encoding: so far, I’ve never had a use for these …
  • # style comments in ini files: hooray for consistency, I’ve always preferred ; (semicolon) comments in .ini files!
  • preg_replace() eval modifier: hooray for security-minded sysadmins!

More can be read on the PHP RFC page to remove deprecated functionality in PHP7. I’m all in favor of this vote, good job!

_(PS; if you’re wondering where version 6 of PHP went, have a look here: PHP6: The Missing Version Number)

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