JPHP - an implementation of PHP
JPHP is a new implementation for PHP which uses the Java VM. It supports many features of the PHP language (7.1+).
How does it work? JPHP is a compiler like
javac, it compiles php sources to JVM bytecode and then
can execute the result on the Java VM.
We develop a new IDE for beginners like
Game Maker or
Scirra Construct. It's based on JPHP, JavaFX, Java 8, Gradle and allows to create desktop games and apps for Linux, Windows and Mac (maybe Android and other platforms in future). The project name is
DevelNext (https://github.com/jphp-group/develnext-ide), the current status and version of the project is BETA. The project has not yet been localized in English.
JPHP is not a replacement for the Zend PHP engine or Facebook HHVM. We don’t plan to implement the zend runtime libraries (e.g. Curl, PRCE, etc.) for JPHP.
Our project started in October 2013. There were a few reasons for that:
- Ability to use java libraries in PHP (own extensions + other)
- Replacing the ugly runtime library of Zend PHP with a better runtime library.
- Using the PHP language not only on the web
- Multithreading like in Java and C#.
- Unicode Strings (Full Support for UTF-8, UTF-16).
- Creating GUI Android & Desktop applications on PHP language.
- PHP 7.1+ (and many language features from PHP 7.2, 7.3, 7.4).
- JIT (~2.5x faster PHP 5.6, ~1.1x faster PHP 7.0, ~13% slower than PHP 7.4, bench).
- Using java libraries and classes in PHP code.
- Unicode for strings (UTF-16, like in Java)
- Threading, Sockets, Environment architecture (like sandbox objects in the runkit zend extension).
- GUI (JavaFX or SWT)
- Embedded cache system for classes and functions
- Optional Hot Reloading for classes and functions
- Ability to use on Android OS : jphp-android
What JPHP supports from PHP 7.2?
- All features except RFC: Parameter Type Widening
What JPHP supports from PHP 7.3?
- All features except RFC: Flexible Heredoc and Nowdoc Syntaxes
What JPHP supports from PHP 7.4?
- Typed Properties 2.0 (partly, references are not supported)
- Weak References
- Arrow Functions 2.0 (+ multiple line syntax)
- Allow throwing exceptions from __toString()
- Null Coalescing Assignment Operator
- Spread Operator in Array Expression
- Standard Library - own runtime standard library
- Http Server (+Web Sockets +Multithread)
- GUI (JavaFX or SWT)
- Git (based on JGit)
- JSoup - for parsing html in jQuery style.
- SQL (supports MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Firebird).
- SSH - for working with the ssh protocol.
- Yaml - for parsing and formating yaml.
- Compress - for working with tar, gz, bz2, lz4, zip archives.
- HttpClient - http client with promises.
- SemVer - for parsing versions in the SemVer standard.
- Mail - for sending emails via SMTP servers.
- MongoDB - a driver for Mongo DB 3.0+.
Getting started (Hello World)
- Install jphp package manager (jppm), how to install.
- Init new project (jppm package) with default values:
- Run in console
You will see
Hello World in your console, the sources of this program will be in
- (Optional) To update jphp version of your old project:
jppm update jphp-core
How to run benchmarks?
// via jphp ./gradlew bench // via php php -f bench/src/bench.php
Build SNAPSHOT from sources
gradle install to build and install the jphp modules and libraries into the mavel local repository. After this, you can use jphp in your projects as a maven dependency.