Upcoming PHP conferences – 2019 and beyond

It’s always important to expand your knowledge and stay in touch with the PHP community. One of the best ways to do that besides frequenting forums is to attend some actual conferences to put some faces to their icons.

Below are some of the most notable conferences coming up in the near future that you may be interested in checking out.

Sunshine PHP

February 7-9, 2019
Miami, Florida

Sunshine PHP Conferece

Goto sunny Florida and catch some talks, meet some friends and maybe catch a wave and some rays too. This conference is suitable for developers of every level. The event even features a day of PHP tutorials, five keynotes and 30 talks over 3 tracks.

Laracon EU

August 29-30, 2019


If you’re not already familiar with Laravel you should be. Take this opportunity to attend Europe’s leading Laravel conference. Dozens of speakers, numerous workshops and some of the best technology in PHP. Don’t miss it.


September 9-10, 2019
Freidburg, Germany

Smashing Conference

With one track, two days, 13 speakers and 260 attendees, expect actionable insights for your work — right at the footsteps of the magical Black Forest.


November 19-23, 2019

Symfony Con

The seventh edition of the SymfonyCon, the international Symfony conference. There will be talks, workshops and lots of discussions and work around Symfony and it’s environment.

International PHP Conference

October 21-25, 2019
Munich, Germany

International PHP Conference

With over a decade’s experience, the International PHP Conference is the must-attend event for web developers from around the globe. Attend inspiring sessions, unique in-depth workshops, and benefit from our experts’ invaluable insights.

PHP 7.3 New Features

The introduction of PHP 7.3 marks some notable improvements as we see 7 going through some stages of maturation. There are also several backward incompatible changes that should be noted as they will break functionality or cripple entire sites that implement it haphazardly.

Compatibility Breaking Changes


Some notable changes have been made here regarding the error handling. Previously errors thrown by BCMath were written directly to stderr but now use PHP’s native error handling.

bcmul() and bcpow() now return numbers with the requested scale. Previously numbers left out trailing decimal zeroes which caused issues for many people.


Here’s a positive change. All mathematical operations involving SimpleXML objects will now be treated as an integer or a float. This marks a big change from the previous handling of treating everything as integers.


Some smaller notable changes here with getimagesize() that return the mime type of the bitmap images as image/bmp instead of image/x-s-ms-bmp. This is due to a change with IANA (see RFC 7903).

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