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We cover common questions and challenges that PHP developers face every day. Focusing on key areas such as PHP dates, loops, arrays, and enums. Our guides span from basic concepts to more advanced techniques and best practices. We also go beyond the basics with topics like Laravel, securing PHP applications, and more.
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Expert PHP version 8+ Tip
Find words in a string in PHP 8 and above
Looking to see if a string is contained in a specified substring? Use PHP's native str_contains function.
The first parameter ($arg1) is the string you're searching for.
And the second parameter ($arg2) is the string you're looking for.
The str_contains function then returns a boolean, either true (if the substring is found) or false (if not)
Don't forget that the str_contains function is case-sensitive and limited to exact matches.Full String Contains Substring Guide
Advantages of Choosing PHP for Your Web Development Projects
- Open-source language
- Great performance
- Free to use
- Cross-platform compatibility
- Huge active community
- Powered the web since 1994
- Used by millions of websites
- Countless frameworks
- No compiling!
- Powerful and scalable
- Easy to learn
- Native database support
Companies Who Use PHP In Their Server Stack
Many large companies use PHP as part of their server stack to power their websites. A popular choice for many web projects, it demonstrates its capabilities and versatility. PHP is a great choice for powering either small or large-scale web applications.
What are the latest versions of PHP?
The latest version of PHP is the 8.3 branch which is version 8.3.3, the 8.2 branch is 8.1.27 and the 8.1 branch is . Find out what is new in 8.3, the latest version of PHP!
What PHP versions are still supported?
PHP 8.3, and PHP 8.2 are still in active support, whereas PHP 8.1 is now receiving security support only. PHP 8.0 has now reached end of life (EOL).
Has PHP 7 reached the end of life?
Yes, PHP 7 branch has now reached the end of life (EOL) which includes 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, and 7.4. You should upgrade to PHP 8.2 as soon as possible.
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