The recently released Sugar 7.8 provides some exciting new platform changes that should be welcome to every Sugar developer.
First, we've dropped support of older PHP versions (PHP 5.3, 5.4, and 5.5) in Sugar 7.8. Not only does Sugar run faster on PHP 5.6, this change allows the SugarCRM Product Group and the entire Sugar Developer Community to spend more time on innovation and less time on maintenance.
Next, we've enhanced Advanced Workflow to dramatically extend extensibility. With the added ability to create and incorporate Custom Actions, Sugar developers can create custom code that runs when their Custom Action is called during an Advanced Workflow process.
Finally, we've made some important upgrades to the third-party libraries used by the Sidecar framework and Sugar 7 user interfaces. We've upgraded Backbone.js, jQuery, and other libraries, which include feature improvements, bug fixes and some subtle API changes. Check the Sugar 7.8 Migration Guide for advice on this and other areas of change to watch out for with your code customizations when migrating to Sugar 7.8.
If you want to learn more about obtaining, developing and migrating customizations to Sugar 7.8, review our Sugar 7.8 Technical Overview webinar. Or, if you just want to review the slides in our Sugar Community, go to Sugar 7.8 Technical Overview for Sugar Developers (Slides).