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Even though new PHP releases include improved security provisions and an exciting mix of new features, most developers dread PHP upgrades.
Whether your applications have 100,000 lines of code or a million, you can get the tips you need for a successful PHP migration in this blog.
Typically, the biggest challenges people face with a PHP migration relate to justification and planning. It’s not unusual for PHP applications to have several million lines of code. And the scope of manually migrating applications to a new release can be ominous, especially when it comes to developers’ schedules. That’s because:
Most new releases double application performance. For example, PHP 7.3 performance jumps 2X to 3X for most applications compared with PHP 5. These performance gains can translate into faster response times for users and improved service levels. In addition, application performance gains can sometimes make significant hardware consolidation possible, which can result in thousands of dollars in monthly savings.
A PHP upgrade will help:
For more information about new capabilities in PHP 7.4, refer to this blog: What’s New in PHP 7.4.
For poll information about why organizations resist upgrading — and tips for overcoming — read this blog, Why Development Teams Should Upgrade PHP.
There are two things I always stress when it comes to planning PHP upgrades:
Yes, you need to test your apps — even if your resources are spread thin. Corporate web applications support customers. To ensure every single person has a seamless, reliable experience, you need to test.
Testing becomes more feasible if you do it as you make changes. Waiting to run all your tests until you are done with your code migration will make it much more difficult and time-consuming to pinpoint issues and their causes.
I recommend making one change, and then testing it. Repeat this cycle until the migration is complete. In one day, our developers typically make and test 10 to 14 small changes.
If you want to manage your own PHP migration, the tools in Zend Server can help. With Zend Server, you gain:
Many companies engage Zend PHP Migration Services for help with PHP upgrades. Why? Our PHP consultants:
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