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  • Solve practical real-world programming problems using PHP 7
  • Discover where and when PHP 5 code needs to be re-written to avoid backwards-compatibility breaks
  • Use advanced PHP 7 features such as the Abstract Syntax Tree, Uniform Variable Syntax, Scalar Type Hints, Generator Delegation, Anonymous Classes, and the Context Sensitive Lexer
  • Set up a high performance development and production environment for PHP 7
  • Discover new OOP features in PHP 7 to achieve high performance
  • Discover the new features of PHP 7 that are relevant to modular application development
  • Explore the ins and outs of the Symfony framework
  • Build a set of modules based on the Symfony framework that comprise a simple web shop app

PHP is a great language for developing web applications. It is essentially a server-side scripting language. PHP 7 is the latest version, providing major backward-compatibility breaks and focusing on improved performance and speed.

This course follows a learning path which is divided into three modules. Each module is a mini course in its own right, taking your basic PHP programing skills to the next level by showing you intermediate to advanced PHP techniques with a focus on PHP 7. This way, get you equipped with the tools and skills required to develop professional and efficient applications for your websites and enterprises.

The first module of the book is a programming cookbook that consists over 80 recipes! Each recipe is designed to solve practical, real-world problems faced by PHP developers like yourself every day. This course also covers new ways of writing PHP code made possible only in version 7.

The second module of the course is designed to improve the performance and productivity of your application. We’ll introduce you to the concepts of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) in PHP 7, then shed some light on how to improve the performance of your PHP 7 applications and database. Throughout this module you will be introduced to benchmarking tools.

With all important concepts of PHP covered up you will move on to third module. In this module you will gain a deep insight into the modular programming paradigm and how to achieve modularity in your PHP code. Modular design techniques help you build readable, manageable, reusable, and more efficient codes. PHP 7, which is a popular open source scripting language, is used to build modular functions for your software.

This Learning Path combines some of the best that Packt has to offer in one complete, curated package. It includes content from the following Packt products:

  • This course covers the new features of version 7.x, best practices for server-side programming, and MVC frameworks
  • Leverage the potential of PHP for server-side programming, memory management, and Object-Oriented Programming to improve your programming productivity
  • This course also illustrates the development of a complete modular application using PHP 7 in detail
Page Count 1091
Course Length 32 hours 43 minutes
ISBN 9781787120143
Date Of Publication 29 Sep 2016


Doug Bierer

Doug Bierer is the owner and CTO of unlikelysource, a website development and consulting company that over the last 10 years has developed 60+ websites for customers around the world. In addition, Doug has been a contract trainer for RogueWave Software/Zend Technologies since 2009. He wrote his first program in 1971 on a PDP-8, and has developed commercial applications in languages including Assembler, C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Perl, and PHP. He developed a video series on MongoDB for InfiniteSkills (now part of O'Reilly Media) in 2014. Before diving into MongoDB, Doug developed applications and performed administration for MySQL databases. He has continued to develop applications that access MongDB to this day

Altaf Hussain

Altaf Hussain is a fullstack web and mobile app developer with over 6 years of experience in PHP development. He received his degree in electrical engineering and specialized in computer and communications from Pakistan. Altaf is an electrical engineer on paper and a software engineer by heart.

He worked as a system programmer in his team, developing control software for small test robots using assembly languages and C. After this, Altaf got interested in web technologies and never looked back. He has worked with numerous PHP frameworks, including Zend, Laravel, and Yii, and open source systems such as Drupal, WordPress, PrestaShop, and Magento. Altaf designed and built two proprietary CMS systems with full support for multiple languages and models, permissions, and translations, as well as different kinds of multilingual content management. Now, he works in the fashion industry as the head of IT at, where his role is to manage the development team on the premises and abroad, in order to manage Magento and Laravel applications development and the deployment life cycle. Besides web apps, Altaf has worked on iOS and Android applications, including building APIs in Lumen. He is a big fan of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and successfully uses it in different applications.

Altaf actively researches on website performance and has deployed the latest technologies, such as PHP 7, NGINX, Redis, Varnish, and others, in production environments for high-speed and scalable applications. He is a Debian lover and uses it for all of his web application deployments.

When not working, Altaf writes articles for and He has reviewed several books for Packt Publishing, including Learning Phalcon PHP, Mastering jQuery Mobile, and PrestaShop Module Development.

Branko Ajzele

Branko Ajzele is a respected and highly accomplished software developer, book author, solution specialist, consultant, and team leader. He currently works for Interactive Web Solutions Ltd (iWeb), where he holds the role of senior developer and is the director of iWeb's Croatia office.

Branko holds several respected IT certifications, including Zend Certified PHP Engineer, Magento Certified Developer, Magento Certified Developer Plus, Magento Certified Solution Specialist, Magento 2 Certified Solution Specialist, Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer, to mention just a few.

He was crowned the e-commerce Developer of the Year by the Digital Entrepreneur Awards in October 2014 for his excellent knowledge and expertise in e-commerce development.