After the long break we are happy to announce progress on Phalanger and the new version 4.0. There are some major changes in functionality and planned changes in Phalanger API. Following blog post should summarize them and describe Phalanger 4.0 advantages and improvements.
On February 2012, Phalanger – the PHP compiler for .NET – got a lot of new features, fixes and optimizations. You can see the full list of changes (still growing) at phalanger.codeplex.com. The most noticeable change is the performance of accessing PHP arrays and overall performance compared to previous versions and standard PHP itself!
PHP offers a lot of various extensions which add additional library functions, classes, constants and other constructs. Common extensions include for example
php_iconv. Since extensions are implemented in C language, the performance is great. It also allows programmers to use other native libraries that are not available in PHP. However there is one big disadvantage; writing such extensions is not easy. C code is harder to maintain, it requires learning lower-level language and it is easier to make mistakes that lead to program failures that are hard to handle.
Phalanger is a complete reimplementation of PHP, written in the C# language. It was always being developed with the Mono platform in mind. This means you can compile and run PHP application on Linux web servers using Mono. Since Phalanger 3.0, this become more official, periodically tested and maintained. Continue reading
Phalanger is the only solution allowing to seamlessly interoperate between PHP and .NET world. It allows to use e.g. .NET generics, namespaces, properties, method overloads, global variables, constants and .NET delegates in both worlds. In this post I will show how to pass delegates from C# into PHP, and how to use them in PHP.
Global.asax file gives web developers great posibilities of handling the life-cycle of their web app. It is a common practice to take advantage of this file in ASP.NET applications. Now you can make use of it in a PHP web application too.
We’ve already demonstrated, how to use PHP scripts from within a .NET application using Phalanger. For reference you can take a look at PHP as a scripting language for C# article or Standard mode interoperability tutorial. In this way we can take an existing PHP web or a library, load them into C# context and reuse their functions, classes, constants or global variables. In addition we can even define new functions and classes in C# and inject them into PHP, so the code in PHP seamlessly uses these declarations as they would be declared in PHP too.
When creating .NET applications (including desktop and web applications), it may be useful to allow extending the application using some scripting language. The users of the application can write simple scripts to configure the application, modify how data is presented or write simple add-ins. In this article, we look how to use PHP as a scripting language. Continue reading