Why is PHP 5.3 on Windows faster than previous PHP versions?

Posted: Oct 12, 2011  0 comments  

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Last week I had the good fortune of hearing Rasmus Lerdorf speak at the Seattle PHP Meetup . His talks was excellent – it was sprinkled with history, personal stories, tips, best practices, and insights into what he’s thinking about for the future. At one point, during a section on best practices, he urged everyone to move to PHP 5.3 if they hadn’t already. He added (and I’m paraphrasing here), “If you aren’t running PHP 5.3 on Windows, you’re lucky…because you have a 40% performance boost coming.” He clarified this by saying that, with some help from Microsoft, improvements were made in PHP 5.3 that led to a 40% performance improvement of PHP on Windows. Because he didn’t go into Read More...

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