Sharing What You Love Or Hate About PHP
Written by Michael Larabel in Programming on 13 December 2014 at 08:29 AM EST. 53 Comments
Much like the views on Phoronix or GCC vs. Clang, computer enthusiasts tend to have polarizing views over PHP -- whether PHP is a great language or work of the devil.

In a new blog post by New Zealand developer Simon Welsh has written a popular post this week about "What I like about PHP." In the post his benefits come down to the language's simplicity, it's powerful, well documented, fast, doesn't enforce certain programmng paradigms, and the future is very exciting. Of course, many out there feel PHP is insecure, enforces bad habits, its built-in functions lack standardization, etc.

On a semi-related note, this post comes not too long after ownCloud founder Frank Karlitschek wrote about PHP as a next-generation programming language.

I largely agree with both aforementioned articles about the PHP. Many of those reasons are why Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and are written in PHP and those together amount to well over one hundred thousand lines of code. I've also written many other projects in PHP from PHXCMS that powers to [email protected]. Other things I like about PHP is the easy deployment across platforms, PHP being widely packaged by many distributions/OSes, the built-in web server, it easily allows for sharing code for CLI programs and web processes, etc. Facebook's HHVM also makes things even more exciting with improvements to the language itself while being delivered at faster speeds, etc.

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