Why PHP is still cool in 2018
- April 18, 2018

Perhaps the best years of PHP in terms of specialists relevance have been remained somewhere in the 2000s. Even so, it’s still not visible the day when they will be unclaimed. Here are 5 reasons that refute this view.

People’s Anger

As one of the reasons why PHP has a negative reputation recall that I pointed out a community that for so many years has not come to a peaceful state. Go to any forum and see for yourself. The questions beginners constantly come across angry assessments of mental abilities from the bison PHP. Plus, unlike Java, JavaScript or Python, you will not find on the Internet placer sites from the category “PHP for Dummies.”

But this is from the “gentle” perception. If you go to the forum, arm yourself with a book before, most of the forum questions will cause the same annoyance as the answers are easy to find and with a little effort. Online textbooks are built on the same model. First practice and understanding how everything works then the theory and explanation of particulars.

Figures and facts

In order to understand how cool and demanded PHP is to read the following facts:
More than 80% of the sites in the world use PHP of which 27.5% is made on WordPress, 3.3% on Joomla, 2.2% – Drupal, 1.2% of Magento. That is, even if you remove the CMS platform almost half of the Internet needs the help of PHP specialists.
Here statistics in dynamics for those who think that the share of the influence of PHP is decreasing. For the last 8 years the growth is more than 10%.

Salaries also do not get lower. For example, in the UK, salaries for PHP developers have grown by 10% over the past 2 years. But there is a raging Brexit.
PHP as a server base is used by Facebook, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Flickr, SourceForge, Tumblr, etc. They understand something in the trends.
According to the recent TIOBE rating, PHP is the 9th most popular language in the world, it’s steeper than Swift, Ruby and Go.

PHP7 and frameworks

Most of the negativity that is addressed to PHP belongs to the fifth family. Among the arguments is the use of unnecessary code, limited functionality and not the highest performance. If you click on this link again, you will also find out that this is a stone in the garden of 90% of sites that use PHP. Accordingly, only every tenth resource uses PHP7 which solved many of these problems. And in fact to it 2 years. It’s like talking about the quality of mobile applications, relying on their performance in the Symbian OS.

Another argument in favor of the modern language – frameworks. Laravel, CodeIgniter, Symfony, Yii – all of them are actively supported and developed. That is why the transition to PHP7 was quite painless for specialists and delivered so much inconvenience to those who tried it only in words.

Simplicity

PHP is really a cool language noticeable from the very first lessons you begin to create simple but useful things. When studying Java for example, you’ll have to sweat over the theory: OOP, classes, variables, scopes, then to write “Hello, World!” In the console. As long as you get to really useful things, training can get boring.

PHP syntax provides a low entry threshold. This is not Python but most of the functions are intuitive and use a convenient form of recording. And much of what seemed complicated and archaic in syntax was decided in PHP7.

Relevance

In the end, PHP is still one of the most popular programming languages and an absolute leader in reards to the server side of the web. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to work in this area and not know PHP. Would you like to learn some other language? Quite possibly not.

So, PHP would be around a very long time.

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