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PHP 7.3 or PHP 7.4

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With phpBB 3.3.1 coming soon, I plan on getting it but continuing to use PHP 7.2 until early December, 2020 just after it's EOL.

What I'd like to know is would it be better go for the matured PHP 7.3 or go straight to the less matured PHP 7.4 knowing it may be a bit more buggy?

I'm looking more for stability with the security updates in mind over bug fixes. I consider the end of "Active Support" the point where a branch of PHP is as good as its going to get and all that is left are security patches to apply with the minor updates continuing as "Security Support".

I'd like opinions and feedback on this matter. :geek:
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Re: PHP 7.3 or PHP 7.4

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Heo32 wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:16 am
I'm looking more for stability with the security updates in mind over bug fixes
PHP 7.4 was released in 2019 (November 28, 2019 to be exact). By the time you migrate away from PHP 7.2, 7.4 will have been out over a year. So unless you have a good reason not to, I would go with 7.4.
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Re: PHP 7.3 or PHP 7.4

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Heo32 wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:16 am
With phpBB 3.3.1 coming soon, I plan on getting it but continuing to use PHP 7.2
Why not the other way around? The freshest version of PHP and a rather well-aged version of phpBB? Where's the consistence in that idea?
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Re: PHP 7.3 or PHP 7.4

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kinerity wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:25 am
PHP 7.4 was released in 2019 (November 28, 2019 to be exact). By the time you migrate away from PHP 7.2, 7.4 will have been out over a year. So unless you have a good reason not to, I would go with 7.4.
Are there any feature differences going straight to PHP 7.4 vs. PHP 7.3, besides a tiny bit more speed? What I mean is, does phpBB benefit from PHP 7.4 features in a way that PHP 7.3 does not provide by chance?
AmigoJack wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:12 pm
Why not the other way around? The freshest version of PHP and a rather well-aged version of phpBB? Where's the consistence in that idea?
By "well-aged version of phpBB", do you mean 3.3.0? I know 3.2.9 and 3.2.10 is not compatible with "the freshest version of PHP" (PHP 7.4?).

Basically, I'm not sure what you're trying to say. Could you elaborate?

P.S. My plan is to first upgrade to phpBB 3.2.10 first, then phpBB 3.3.1 after it has been out for a bit.
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Re: PHP 7.3 or PHP 7.4

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For one thing active support for PHP 7.3 ends in three months.
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Re: PHP 7.3 or PHP 7.4

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"Active Support" ending doesn't really concern me. When it ends, that means it is as mature as it will get. It is the security side that I'm interested in.

Regarding the features built into PHP 7.4... does phpBB 3.3.x take advantage of any of it vs. PHP 7.3, by chance?
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Re: PHP 7.3 or PHP 7.4

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Heo32 wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:27 am
Are there any feature differences going straight to PHP 7.4 vs. PHP 7.3, besides a tiny bit more speed? What I mean is, does phpBB benefit from PHP 7.4 features in a way that PHP 7.3 does not provide by chance?
Bumping my question.
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