JetBrains IntelliJ-based PhpStorm Release Adds Support for PHP 8
- By John K. Waters
Software development toolmaker JetBrains released a new version of PhpStorm web app dev tool this week with new support for the newly released PHP 8.
PhpStorm 2020.3 is a popular cross-platform IDE for PHP on Windows, Linux, and macOS. It's based on the company's IntelliJ IDEA IDE, and it's designed specifically for developers who want to build web apps with PHP. This release supports PHP 8 for all language features, even open-source Custom Attributes.
"At JetBrains, we always try to listen to our community and develop the tools in the direction that solves the real issues of the developers," said Roman Pronskiy, product marketing manager in JetBrains' PhpStorm group, in a statement. "PhpStorm 2020.3, the [last] release of this year fully reflects our position: we've implemented most of what our users have asked for, with lots of other improvements coming soon."
PhpStorm competes with the likes of Zend Studio, NetBeans, and Cloud 9 in the PHP dev space. Currently, JetBrains claims more than 600.000 companies are regularly using PhpStorm, including Trivago, Yahoo, Visa, Wikipedia, Valve, Expedia and Salesforce. PhpStorm can natively support Symfony, Laravel, Drupal, WordPress, Zend Framework, Magento, Joomla!, CakePHP, Yii and many other mainstream technologies, the company said.
JetBrains has been cranking out product upgrades during Q3 and Q4. The Prague-based creator of the Kotlin programming language has an extended product portfolio that includes IntelliJ IDEA, IntelliJ Scala Plugin, PyCharm, CLion, the EduTools Plugin, GoLand 2020.2, IntelliJ Rust, the Space Beta, and TeamCity. Version 2020.2 of PhpStorm was among them.
John K. Waters is the editor in chief of a number of Converge360.com sites, with a focus on high-end development, AI and future tech. He's been writing about cutting-edge technologies and culture of Silicon Valley for more than two decades, and he's written more than a dozen books. He also co-scripted the documentary film Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance, which aired on PBS. He can be reached at [email protected].