Rants about PHP are everywhere and they even come from smart guys. When Jeff Atwood Wrote yet another rant about PHP , it made me think about the good parts of PHP.
The biggest problem of these rants is that they come from prople stuck in the old days of PHP. They either don’t care or they don’t want to admit that PHP actually evolves at a vary fast pace , both at the language level but also at the community level. In fact, it evolves much faster than any other language or web platform. It has not always been the case, ut the last 5 years have been an amazing for PHP.
Before talking about the amazing things the PHP community hsa achived recently, let’s have a look at some interesting numbers. PHP is used by 77.9% of all the websites whose server-side proramming language in known. WordPress is used by 16.6% of all the websites in the world . If you have a look at the top there CMSes , for the websites that use a monitored content management system . WordPress is fast with 54.3% . Joomla is second with 9.2% and drupal is third with 6.8%. These product written in PHP.
PHP must have done something right , no?
Now, let me tell you a secret, the PHP “tour de force”: Despite the change over the years , PHP is still the easiest language to learn for non-technical people : It allows anyone to create dynamic websites faster than with any other technologies. it allows anyone to host websites cheaply and without any hassles. PHP is probably not the best designed language in the world, but it lets you get thing done and you cannot argue with that.