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I left the PHP community years ago, but...but...where is PHP 6? What was the reason to skip it?

Funnily, there is no PHP 6. While work had begun for this version, it was later abandoned due to some major issues regarding Unicode handling, as far as I know. Most of the features already implemented in PHP 6 were shipped in PHP 5.4 and they continued with PHP 7 in order to avoid confusion.

IIRC this release is so different from the planned 6 release they thought it would be confusing to people who bought/read those PHP6 books.

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