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PHP 5.4 RC1 released

Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 10 November 2011.
Planet PHP
The PHP development team is proud to announce the first release candidate of PHP 5.4. PHP 5.4 includes new language features and removes several legacy (deprecated) behaviours. Windows binaries can be downloaded from the Windows QA site. THIS IS A RELEASE CANDIDATE - DO NOT USE IT IN PRODUCTION! This is the first release candidate. No new features will be included before the final version of PHP 5.4.0. The release candidate phase is intended as a period of bug fixing prior to the stable release. Changes since the last beta version include:Added class member access on instantiation (e.g. (new Foo)-bar()).Changed silent conversion of array to string to produce a notice.Numerous bug fixes and improvements in the Core and other extensions. Please help us to identify bugs in order to ensure that the release is solid and all things behave as expected. Please test this release candidate against your code base and report any problems that you encounter to the QA mailing list and/or the PHP bug tracker. Read the NEWS file for a complete list of changes in this release.