Lifting the lid on PHP 5.5

There's been a new version of PHP released: PHP 5.5. This articles gives you a quick overview of the new features, why you might care, and what this means for those of us using older versions of PHP

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Password hashing

It's one of the simplest and most common actions on the internet, but there's a lot of outdated and plain wrong advice about how passwords should be hashed and stored. This new feature in PHP gives us a quick and correct way to this – and it's designed to update as technology advances and the recommendations change. It (currently) uses bcrypt and a salt to hash a password with a function called password_hash():

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