“These [PHP] deprecation notices are warnings to project managers and developers… do we have enough time for [WordPress] core but especially the community to fix the codebases?” — Tonya Mork
Anyone seriously invested in WordPress, from developers to agency owners, has a big stake in the primary language WordPress is built with: PHP. WordPress professionals have a lot to keep track of, so it’s not surprising they often overlook important news from the PHP community and development team. To bring you up to speed, David Bisset speaks with Carl Alexander and Tonya Mork in this episode of The Excerpt. Tonya and Carl have been deep into WordPress and PHP for many years. Here they offer a “Cliffs Notes” take on the PHP news the WordPress community should be paying attention to now. This includes big changes to code for developers and the need for a PHP Foundation.
Why This Is Important: WordPress depends on PHP, so developers and professionals should be aware of what is coming down the road as features are added, modified, and deprecated. There are also challenges of governance and sustainability that PHP is facing now that impact WordPress and relate to similar issues in the WordPress project.
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🔗 Mentioned in the show:
- PHP Foundation
- PHP Project
- Avoiding Buses
- Juliette’s Tweet
- Key WordPress Statistics
- How do you start unit testing existing WordPress code?