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In voting phase
This section is for RFCs that have been announced on the PHP “internals” mail list.
- Internal operator overloading and GMP improvements
Add support for operator overloading in internal classes and improve GMP using it
- security improvement for unserialize()
Add option to ignore all or some objects to unserialize()
- unset(): return bool if the variable has existed
Add to unset a return value if the deletion was successful
- Integrate voting polls in PHP.net
This RFC talks about integration of voting polls into PHP.net
- Add toString to DateTime
A proposal to add toString to DateTime
- Enhanced Error Handling
This offers a concept and implementation to let the user (php coder) choose between php_error, exception et al while retaining backwards compatibility
- Parameter (and Return) value type hints/checks
Several RFC that propose to complete the actual parameter type hints/checks (and an implementation for return value type hints).
- Native TLS in ZTS
Improving performance of ZTS builds by using native thread local storage.
- Better benchmarks for PHP
A proposal for replacing current bench.php benchmarking script.
- Remove reliance of Zend API
A proposal to remove the use of the Zend API in PHP libraries.
- PHP Native Interface
Provide complete alternative to writing libraries interfaces using the Zend API libraries.
- Alternative mbstring implementation using ICU
A proposal to completely rewrite mbstring extension with ICU.
- Function call chaining
Function call chaining implementation.
- Errors as Exceptions
This RFC discusses the conversion of errors to exceptions
- Enum language structure
A proposal to add the enum language structure
- Instantiating a class and calling methods/accessing properties on same command
A proposal to add support to instantiating a class and calling its methods or accessing its properties on same command.
- Make T_FUNCTION in method declarations optional.
A proposal for removing the requirement to use T_FUNCTION in method declarations.
- Property get/set syntax
This RFC proposes to add a C# style property get/set syntax to PHP classes.
- Proposed modifications to traits
This RFC proposes three modifications to traits: increasing separation and consistency of inheritance vs. trait composition, adding trait-local scope, and extending
- CLI options for strict and quiet modes
This RFC proposes a
-Woption to turn on maximum error reporting, and a
-Qoption for no error reporting.
- Add Logical Shift Operators
Add logical shift operators for bitwise shifting of strings
- Faster strtod algorithm
This RFC proposes to add the Grisu3 strtod algorithm as an optional feature to PHP.
- Function autoloading through spl_autoload*
This RFC introduces a potential implementation for function autoloading which would be consistent with what we have for autoloading classes.
- Clarifying/Improving the prototype checks
This RFC discusses the current state of prototype checks, and gives some directions for discussion and improvement.
- Introducting Jenkins
This RFC proposes using Jenkins as a Continuous Ingtegration environment for the php project.
- Strict Sessions
This RFC proposes an additional security measure for preventing session fixation.
- Make PHP open tag optional for better security
This RFC proposes option (php.ini and CLI opts) for removing PHP tags (<?php and so forth) from PHP scripts.
- Skipping optional parameters
Skipping optional parameters in function calls
This RFC proposes adding array_delete() as an intuitive API for array element deletion.
- Default character encoding
Default character encoding handling in PHP.
- Escaping RFC for PHP Core
Implementing a core anti-XSS escaping class and possibly functions for the more procedurally inclined programmers.
- Systemd socket activation
Systemd socket activation support for PHP-FPM
- Add a deprecated modifier for functions
Add a deprecated modifier for functions
- Moving to an AST-based parsing/compilation process
Proposes to improve the current parsing/compilation process by introducing an AST as an intermediary structure
- Apparmor change_hat functionality for php-fpm
Proposes to add the possibility to change to a different hat under the apparmor LSM
This section is for early drafts of RFCs that have NOT been announced on the PHP “internals” mail list.
- Scalar Type Casting Magic Methods
This RFC proposes a set of new scalar type casting magic methods for classes.
- PDO Version 1 Improvements
This RFC proposes a set of improvements to be made to PDO.
This RFC proposes to create a cemetery for dead extensions (PECL or core).
- Tainted variables
This RFC proposes an implementation of variable tainting in PHP.
- Lemon as a language parser
This RFC discusses the switch from YACC/Bison to lemon for the main language parser
- Static classes
This RFC proposes the introduction of static classes for PHP
- PECL versioning
This RFC, about tackling the versioning issues in PECL extensions, has been implemented across PECL for several months. But what should be done about extension versioning in the PHP core?
- Improve consistency of protected member lookups
This RFC proposes to eliminate an inconsistency in the way protected class members are resolved.
- class casting to scalar
This RFC proposes a way to do like __toString(), for other scalar types
- Jsonable interface
Feature request to allow support json_(encode|decode) to handle Object instance conversions.
- Drop sql.safe_mode
Dropping a php.ini setting affecting two extensions
- Get Random
This RFC talks about how to get a (better) random string in PHP
Autoboxing feature in PHP
- Error optimizations
A way to optimize the formatting of our errors
- docBlock Parser
Proposal to add docBlock parsing to the Reflection extension
This RFC proposes the ability to define missing definitions (generalization of autoload).
- Annotations in doc block
Class Metadata feature (aka Annotations) support in PHP through DocBlock
- Object and Array Literals
This RFC proposes first-class, inline object and array literals similar to JSON.
- Weak References
This RFC proposes the introduction of Weak References in PHP via a new SPL class.
- Line Markers in PHP
This RFC proposes the introduction of line markers in PHP.
- Who can vote?
Define the participants of the voting process.
- Autoloader Error Handling
Request for Comments: Autoloader Error Handling.
- Platform and extension-independent API to the system CSPRNG
Request for Comments: Platform and extension-independent API to the system CSPRNG.
- Named Parameters
This RFC is for allowing function and method parameters to be named
- Loop+Else control structure
This RFC proposes an optional “else” clause that can be used after while, for, and foreach loops.
- Add scalar type hinting with casts
This RFC proposes adding scalar type hinting with casting to provide more robust parameter hinting.
- LDAP: Add ldap_modify_batch
This RFC proposes adding a lower-level modification function to the LDAP extension.
- Importing namespaced functions
Proposes to allow importing namespaced functions through a new `use function` sequence.
- Remove calls from incompatible context
Deprecate in 5.5 and remove in the version after the “calls from incompatible context” feature.
- Define PHP 5.3 end of life
The purpose of this RFC is to define when the PHP 5.3 series will no longer be supported.
- APXS LoadModule
This RFC proposes the addition of an option to the configure script that allows the user to specify whether the main Apache .conf file should be appended with the LoadModule entry.
- DateTime and Daylight Saving Time Transitions
Defines expected behaviors and new features to improve how DateTime handles Daylight Saving Time transitions.
- Release Process
PHP release process.
- Voting Process
PHP voting process.
- Magic Quotes
This RFC proposes how we deal with magic quotes from PHP 5.3.0 to 6.0.0.
- Choosing a distributed version control system for PHP
This RFC proposes to migrate the PHP SVN repo to a DVCS.
- PHP Version Control System
This RFC discusses the switch from CVS to some other version tracking system
This RFC proposes adding generators as a simple and boilerplate-free way of defining iterators.
- support finally keyword
Add try catch finally supporting
- Resolve class names to scalars via class keyword
A proposal to use ::class after type names to resolve FQ class names as scalar
- foreach_variable supporting T_LIST
This extends PHP's language parser to support T_LIST in foreach_variable
- Const array/string dereference
A little improvement to make things consistent
- Allow arbitrary expression arguments to empty() and isset()
Proposes to allow
- Adding hash_pbkdf2 function
This RFC proposes adding a hash_pbkdf2 function to the hash package
- Add Simplified Password Hashing
This RFC proposes adding 3 new functions to the core to expose a much simplified password hashing API.
- Remove preg_replace /e modifier
This RFC aims at deprecating and subsequently removing the /e modifier (PREG_REPLACE_EVAL) that preg_replace provides.
- Add UConverter
A proposal to add ICU::UConverter functionality to ext/intl
- ext/mysql deprecation
Formally deprecating ext/mysql in PHP.
- Cookie Max-Age attribute
Cookie Max-Age attribute
- Fix cURL file uploading API
Fix insecure cURL file uploading API
- Add recvmsg() and sendmsg() to ext/sockets
Wrap sendmsg() and recvmsg(), with support for a limited number of message types
- PHP CLI changing process title support
Setting PHP CLI process titles for visibility in 'top' or 'ps'
- Allow non-scalar keys in foreach
This RFC proposes to remove the type restrictions on foreach iteration
- Add array_column() function
This RFC proposes a new array function that returns the values of the specified column from a multi-dimensional array.
- Integrating Optimizer+ into the PHP distribution
This RFC proposes to integrate the Zend Optimizer+ opcode cache into the PHP distribution
- Removal of curl-wrappers
This RFC is about removing the curl stream wrappers of the PHP as of 5.5 and to move it on PECL for any eventual improvements.
Note: Many RFCs in this list have been mass voted.
Traits is a mechanism for code reuse in single inheritance languages such as PHP. A Trait is intended to reduce some limitations of single inheritance by enabling a developer to reuse sets of methods freely in several independent classes living in different class hierarchies. This RFC proposes a basic version of Traits.
- Closures: Object Extension
How to extend closures to work with $this and objects.
- Short syntax for arrays
This RFC will discuss an language enhancement for simple and easy array definition.
- Function array dereferencing
You know, like foo()['bar']
- Short tags in templates
This RFC discusses ways to enable short tags template syntax in a way that would be easy for users and compatible with XML users' requirements.
- Indirect method call by array variable
$arr = array('Class', 'method'); $arr();
- Supporting Binary Notation for Integers
This extends PHP's syntax to support binary notation for integers just as it already does for decimal, octal, and hexadecimal representations.
- Built-in web server
This RFC discusses the web server that is built into PHP itself, for development purpose.
- Removal of deprecated features
RFC about removing legacy features in the next version of PHP
- Improve parser error messages
Improve parser error message readability.
- Session upload progress
Using sessions to provide upload progress feedback to users.
- Object oriented session handlers
A proposal to allow session_set_save_handler() to accept an object, and expose the original session handler.
- Allow Multiple Simultaneous Syslog Connections
This RFC propose enhancement to syslog function in order to allow multiple simultaneous connections by using resources.
- Stream meta-data
RFC defines handler for setting metadata on stream URL.
- Error message formatting for development
This RFC discusses error message formatting to aid developers.
- Zend Engine Performance Improvements
Proposes Zend Engine changes which together make up to 20% performance improvement on synthetic benchmarks and some real-life applications
- Run Time Cache
offers an implementation of run-time caching technique which may improve performance of repeatable code
- Zend Signal Handling
Improve stability and speed when running under any forking SAPI by adding deferred signal handling to the Zend Engine.
- DTrace Probes for PHP
Provide DTrace probes for PHP.
- New Output API
An RFC about the New Output API
- Callable type hint
Callable type hint
This RFC proposes Closures and lambda functions for PHP.
- HEREDOC with double quotes
This RFC is about allowing double quote syntax similar to single-quotes in NOWDOC as a HEREDOC syntax variant (in PHP 5.3)
- LSB parent::/self:: forwarding
Changes how parent:: and self:: work with LSB by making them forwarding.
This RFC proposes that call_time_pass_by_reference be switched off by default in PHP 5.3.
- New error level E_USER_DEPRECATED
This RFC proposes to introduce a new userspace error level similar to E_DEPRECATED for user level deprecation warnings
- Rounding in PHP
Make round() produce predictable results on all platforms and fix some problems in the process.
- Alternative to include/require for autoloaders
This RFC aims to offer an alternative solution to the well known fopen() “hack” used in autoloaders in order to verify the existence of files inside the include path
- FPM SAPI
This RFC discusses FPM SAPI and its inclusion to the core PHP distribution.
- FPM INI syntax
This RDV discusses the replacement of FPM configuration file from XML to INI.
- New INI Files
A proposal for two new INI files which will replace the current INI's packaged with PHP. One focused on production deployments and the other focused on development deployments.
- count_elements handler vs count()
Internal change to allow some optimization and add consistency.
- Class instances counter
This RFC proposes a new function returning a list with class names and their instance counter.
Allow a trailing comma in function calls, similar to array declarations
- Add an array_part() function
Adds a function to extract multi-dimensional slices
Merge implementation of first proposal of PHP Standards Recommendation (PSR) into SPL core
Class Metadata feature (aka Annotations) support in PHP
- ifsetor() Operator
This RFC proposes an operator that efficiently implements (isset($foo) ? $foo : $bar) as ifsetor($foo, $bar)
- Non-breakable Traits
This RFC is a extension to the basic proposal. It includes the notion of trait-local methods and properties.
- Function getEntropy
Feature request for a new userspace function providing a truly random value.
- Property Accessors Syntax
RFC for the addition of C#-style get/set accessors to PHP
- Alternative typehinting syntax for accessors
Proposes an improved typehinting syntax for the accessors proposal.
- Modify tempnam() to handle directories and auto-cleanup
Add TEMPNAM_DIR and TEMPNAM_REQUEST options to tempnam()
- Parameter Type Casting Hints
This RFC proposes adding type casting hints to function declarations.
- Magic Quotes in PHP, the Finalé
A safe, orderly manner for getting rid of Magic Quotes.
- Return value type hint
Return type hinting
A proposal to add a Comparable interface for userspace object comparisons.
- Cast and Assign Magic Methods
Feature request to expose object_cast, get and set to PHP land code via two new magic methods
- Add mysqlnd.localhost_override option
This RFC proposes to add mysqlnd.localhost_override to more easily override localhost when connecting to a MySQL database.
- Allow use T_AS in closure use statement
Allow user use a alias name for lexical variable of closure
- strn(case)cmp supporting a negative length as its third paramter
This extends PHP's string function strn(case)cmp to support a negative length as parameter
This section is for RFCs that have been deferred, obsoleted, or appear to have been abandoned. Sorry if your RFC is added here and you feel it is still active; please move it back to the appropriate section.