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Ben Ramsey
Ben Ramsey

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I’m a release manager for PHP 8.1!

My permanent blog at is in a state where I am unable to update it. It’s a long story that involves versions of Ruby gems removed from the repository, trapping me in a tangled web of Jekyll dependency hell, and I haven’t had the stomach to unravel it. In the meantime, I’ll be posting here at

Last year, I tossed my hat in the ring to volunteer as a release manager for PHP 8.0, but I lost the vote to Gabriel Caruso, who has shown himself to be a very capable RM for the 8.0 series (congrats, Gabriel, and great work!). This year, when Sara announced the RM selection process for PHP 8.1, I almost decided against volunteering, but I finally decided to go for it, and I’m glad I did.

Each set of release managers is usually comprised of a veteran RM and a rookie. This year, when Joe Watkins volunteered as the veteran RM, he asked to take on two rookies. As a result, Patrick Allaert and I were both selected as rookie RMs for the 8.1 series.

PHP release managers manage the release process, create a roadmap for the release, facilitate discussions and decisions about what goes into a release, package the releases, etc. It’s a commitment of about three-and-a-half years, as they shepherd their minor version from alpha to beta to RC to GA to active support to security support and, finally, end-of-life. The supported versions page at provides a good overview of this cycle.

You can read more about the PHP release process here:

Additionally, Eric Van Johnson has published a three-part interview in php[architect] magazine with PHP 8.0 release managers Sara Golemon and Gabriel Caruso. They go into a lot of the specifics.

Thank you so much to everyone for entrusting me to serve as one of the release managers for PHP 8.1! I look forward to working with Joe and Patrick over the next three-and-a-half years.

Top comments (5)

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Fabio Politi

Congratulations! I will keep to love PHP, is getting better and better, despite what people say...

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Andrej Rypo

Only people who do not do PHP say that. I haven't heard a single senior PHP dev complain.

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Junxiao Shi

Manager of PHP is using a Ruby blog system. The irony.

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Ben Ramsey

Well, I don’t anymore, obviously. 😉

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Andrew Collington

Congratulations! I look forward to reading more about your experiences as one of the RMs.