Oh wow, that's really nice and seems to be quite in line with my thinking. A layer of new syntax on top of old functionality.
Could not help myself but start a research project. github.com/khalyomede/php-next. You will be able to transpile modern PHP code into valid PHP using build tools like Gulp.
This is so cool Khalyomede! I'll have to take a look and see if I could contribute also.
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