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Changes to the type system in PHP 7.1

PHP 7.1 is nearing completion. A few days ago Release Candidate 1 was released. One of the areas that got some love from the developers is the type system. Pascal Martin wrote a blogpost about those changes.

One of the most important changes PHP 7.0 brought us last year was about typing, with the introduction of scalar type-declarations for functions/methods parameters and their return value.
PHP 7.1 adds to those type-declarations, with several points that were missing in the previous version of the language.


That new iterable pseudo-type will sure come in handy.

If you want to know what’s changed regarding error handling, Pascal has got that covered as well.

Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.