If you’ve ever met me, or read some of my blogs, you know I love clean code and automating things. There is something exciting in writing a piece of code and seeing how it executes. Then finding ways to make it more readable or make it run faster.
There are always ways to improve it. It’s the nature of our jobs as engineers. Our platforms evolve, and our tooling evolves as well. So we must adapt.
One of the major changes that came to the world of PHP was without a doubt the arrival of PHP 8 a few days ago. And from the looks of it, it will have a pretty big impact. Part of me cannot wait to use it. Another part, the part that is working with WordPress, is a bit worried. From the looks of things, it will take a lot of time and effort in making WordPress PHP 8 compatible.
Which is sad. WordPress, with its huge user base, should be a leader in promoting the usage of the latest and greatest features PHP has to offer. After all, PHP still powers the core of WordPress. With the coming of a new core editor, the focus shifted away from its foundations to the more user-facing features.
If you want to read comprehensible features coming to PHP 8 you can read What’s new in PHP 8 by Brent Roose.
Besides the new PHP release, the WordPress 5.6 release is also very near. The changes in it are great: New application passwords for REST API; changes in the automatic updates; updates in the core editor; next step in deprecating jQuery and new default theme, are some of the updates you can read in the WordPress 5.6 field guide.
And since I love to write I thought that it would be fitting to end with one of my favourite online content writers: Marijana Kostelac (aka Marijana Kay). Her tips on writing more impactful content helped me a lot when writing blog posts. Go ahead and read about Blog Posts That Convert:
Also, she made an excellent post about creating a one-page website that gets results, so check that out as well:
And follow her on Twitter, she gives great advice on writing.