What's New With PHP on IBM i

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View this session with Perforce's Erwin Earley and Fresche's Marcel Sarrasin to get the latest on upcoming PHP 8.0 and Community PHP and learn why PHP is ideal for organizations that run applications on IBM i.

2020 has brought some exciting PHP announcements, including the upcoming release of PHP 8.0. This update will include performance improvements as well as several enhancements (named arguments, union types, attributes, constructor property promotion, match expression, nullsafe operator and JIT).

Earlier this year, Perforce also began offering a new, free Community PHP distribution. The introduction of Community PHP is a positive change for the IBM i market because clients now have more options to move forward with PHP for web and mobile development.

Erwin and Marcel will cover what you need to know about PHP on IBM i. They will discuss: 

  • Enhancements in upcoming PHP 8.0
  • Deployment options (e.g. Zend Server, Community PHP, CommunityPlus+ PHP)
  • Why PHP is a great development language for IBM i organizations 
  • How organizations are using PHP on IBM i

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Marcel Sarrasin
Chief Product Officer, Fresche

During his 20 years in the IBM i marketplace, Marcel has filled many roles, including product manager, technical support manager and trainer. He has helped hundreds of IBM i programmers become proficient web developers using Fresche's solutions and has in-depth understanding of IBM i application modernization approaches.


Erwin Earley
Senior Solutions Consultant, Perforce Software 

Erwin offers more than 20 years of experience developing solutions on the IBM i platform. His expertise includes using PHP, MariaDB, Docker, and Chef for creating modern enterprise solutions that run on IBM i, as well as PowerVC for cloud deployments and virtualization management. Mr. Earley is a frequent speaker at global technology conferences, and he has authored numerous articles on Linux, PHP, virtualization, and systems management.