PHP frameworks start to require PHP 7.1, leading with Nette 3 and Symfony 4.
Why skip PHP 7.0 and go directly to PHP 7.1? When is the best time to join? What projects are already "on the move"?
"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have."
When you migrate your project from 5.x to PHP 7.x, there is no reason not to jump right to 7.1. You get more features (like
void and nullable types), longer security support and with that, you will have a longer break from another upgrade. Are you lazy enough to have a year longer break? I am.
Frameworks are migrating. And let's be honest - huge frameworks are flag ships of evolution. Join them and you won't be left behind.
It would be easier to develop open-source, if we were able to agree on one recent PHP version to support.
And I think you are already able to come with few more reasons of your own.
As in every new version of PHP, most of us still
depends on waits for hosts to catch up. The situation was the same with PHP 5. New software version was already there, but hosts took their time. If there would be some way to move this.
And then, a GoPHP5 movement was born, to rapidly speed this up.
"The solution a few people suggested was team work. If all PHP projects stopped supporting PHP 4 and made the jump to PHP 5 at the same time, none of them is penalized in the market for being "first" and web hosts will have a clear business case to upgrade their systems to PHP 5. We can then all start offering faster, cleaner, more powerful, more secure web software.
But how does one get all PHP projects together to agree on something like that? Actually, it's fairly simple. You ask them."
I was reading a post about Symfony 2 min version bump 5.3. It was a huge step in PHP development. Even if PHP 5.3 seem like an prehistoric version, many projects still uses that.
We are in same situation with PHP 7.1 now. If PHP community can cooperate as one, we are able to create brighter future for ourselves.
To better coordinate min version bump, I've created gophp71.org in last 2 evenings.
There you can see who and when is bumping min version.
If you answered YES at least once, add your framework or package.
If you believe in this, share this page so we let hosts know, what we really need. It's our need to express and responsibility to take. We can do it! Thank you.