spell out your array definitions. The decision has been made a long time
ago to use the array() syntax. Adding alternatives adds nothing but the
I was under the impression that syntax changes are possible. Silly me.
Try/catch however are a fundamental extension to the functionality of
I couldn't disagree more. I don't think the language really needed it
but I'm on my own here, I know.
I can't believe you would seriously consider maintaining your own PHP
branch, only to be able to use dangling commas and  array syntax.
Luckily all my patches are in the 2 to 10 lines range so 'maintain' is
too big a word for it. It was done once and I can benefit in all my
(thousands of lines of) PHP code now. The Apache/PHP build script
already has hooks for patches so little effort, big impact. The joy of
I was trying to give something back to the community but the community
didn't want it. Tough luck. PHP (and me) are going to survive it :-)