If you follow PHP development, you might be interested to know that a JIT (“just in time”) engine is coming to PHP 8. This change will present some challenges, but overall the benefit will be increased performance. ⏱️
There isn’t a lot of information about this right now, but there is a good discussion with Zeev Suraski, CTO & Co-founder of Zend and Derick Rethans in the latest episode of PHP Internals News. Their conversation provides an overview and some background regarding past efforts to get a JIT engine into PHP.
Speaking of PHP versions, here’s a nice updated list of what’s expected in PHP 7.4 near the end of 2019.