PHP Comes of Age

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Oracle (yes Oracle) have an interesting article up titled PHP Comes of Age which reflects on PHP’s past and makes some insightful observations on “Culture Clash”, PHP being, in many ways, a meeting point for programmers of many backgrounds.

The signs of PHP’s growing maturity and acceptance are definately in the wind. If you believe in straw polls, TIOBE’s Programming Community Index places PHP as the forth most popular programming language, after Java, C and C++ (that index is based on Google searches so take a big pinch of salt). From Oracle’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to PHP to JSR 223 and Zend’s planned US expansion, it seems like PHP has hit critical mass.

The points Philippe Lachaise makes on PHP’s culture are valid. How will long time PHP hackers cope with the switch from “outsiders” to “mainstream”? Will the meeting of different programming mindsets clash or harmonize? Time will tell…

Also: From C++ to PHP – another article by Philippe Lachaise

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  • Emil Tamas

    Why does everybody falls in love with php ? (I am too)
    Well, it’s simple , can be used by oldschools,newbies,and now, with PHP5, OOP gurus and.. most of all it does it’s job flawless.
    About the existance of a PHP religion … yeah, We can say it loud and clear : “I’m a phpcoholic” because PHP is so …addictive :)

  • anonymous

    coldfusion below ada, fortrain and cobol, even rpg? thats a salt lick, not a grain. nonetheless php really is coming of age, its almost a buzzword. but its definately possible that php’s opensource and wide comunity of free scripts and forums definately help out this index based on google searches.

  • Navneet Kumar

    Php is the laguage of future and mind you it is still young. With the PHP5 coming up it stands right at the top there along with JAVA, c++, and well world is now swtitching to LAMP technology. No doubt millions are falling in love with php.