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Re: [PHP] Typed PHP!




Check out http://hacklang.org/ - I think it has what you're looking for.

On Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 9:06 PM, Tim-Hinnerk Heuer <tim@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi there,
>
> The single most annoying feature about PHP I find is that there are no
> optional types for variables. Otherwise, I think PHP is great: great
> community, lots of code and contributors etc.
>
> Just out of curiosity, do you think it would be possible and feasible to
> design a Typed PHP similar to TypeScript in JavaScript? So, a super set of
> PHP that is optionally typed and can be compiled/transpiled to normal PHP?
> I think this should be quite possible and possibly a great addition to the
> language. It would need to not break the current syntax but provide better
> tooling in IDEs and editors. Someone has already had a similar idea:
> https://github.com/krakjoe/strict
>
> However, I would propose a technology that transpiles to "normal" PHP. The
> types would be solely there for better tooling support and YES, better auto
> complete! An extension wouldn't be required. Typed PHP would just be a
> super set of normal PHP and all existing code could be re-used just like in
> Type Script. You could also have .d.tphp files, similar to TS and annotate
> existing libraries for better auto complete. I have come across Type Script
> not so long ago and it is really good in my opinion. People can still
> develop in the not strictly typed language while others more inclined to
> use strict types can use them but do not have to.
>
> Similar to TS you could have .tphp files that compile to readable .php
> files without having to re-engineer PHP or write extensions. The benefits
> should be obvious: Maximum code re-usability while providing better code
> maintenance and tooling.
>
> I think the exact syntax can be discussed and should be to not break
> anything while having a terse syntax, that is readable and writable. I
> could propose some syntax ideas that would be similar to TS syntax, but
> wanted to put the idea out there first. Maybe you will say this is
> absolutely crazy and cannot be done, but I challenge this belief.
>
> Kind regards,
> Tim
>