There is an app^Wppa for that
Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 28 April 2011.
After the death of PHP6.0 a while ago, development of PHP.next (PHP5.4 probably?) has been going on.
There are a lot of cool features there try out - like traits, scalar type hint, and sh**loads of smaller features.
There is still no public "development preview" or alpha release, but that doesn't mean we can't play around with it, report bugs, ensuring our apps still properly work with it etc etc etc.
It is however a bit annoying needing to "go old-school" and fetch a snapshot and build it yourself though.
When I was playing with launchpad the other day I figured.. why not provide a daily build of PHP trunk/ (PHP.next, PHP5.4 or whatever you want to call it)?
Launchpad isn't all to happy with git, and doesn't support mirroring git branches, so a fork of the php5-vanilla-ubuntu repoA to php5-next-vanilla-ubuntu was needed as some of the patches there don't apply to trunk/. But that was about it.
So, want to try out PHP5.4 daily builds? Checkout the PHP5.4-daily PPA on launchpad!
Play around with the new features, provide feedback to the PHP development mailinglist, and make sure your application if forward compatible with it today.