PHP 8.0.0 Beta 1 release is now available for developer testing use and should not be implemented in production settings. This release brings the release of PHP 8.0 much closer to the expected November 26 release date after a handful of Beta releases and Release Candidate issues.
PHP 8 is the next major release to PHP, the widely used programming language with new features such as PHP JIT and more performance optimizations, JSON becoming part of PHP core, improvements to the PHP GD imaging library, cryptographic message syntax support within PHP OpenSSL, and PHP Zip improvements, among other enhancements. You can get more details on what’s new in PHP 8.
Compared to the prior alphas, PHP 8.0.0 Beta 1 has several core fixes and to different components a variety of fixes and memory leaks being addressed.
Some of the areas that have received improvements over the previous alpha releases include mainly bug fixes which touch on fixes in the core language, Date including a new DateTime format “p”, Just-in-time (JIT) compiler, LDAP, and OCI8.