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Exciting times for PHP developers

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 by Servage

At first hand, PHP is an evolving language for web development industry. Recently new version came with some badly needed features and some new exciting additions. Due to the greater adaptability of PHP in web development community and businesses, a significant number of new programmers are eager to dirty their hands in PHP coding. With this realization, I have decided to discuss some myths and facts about the PHP in this post.

An Alluring Web Development Language

Today PHP is found on the somewhat 80% of all the websites whose server side scripts are known. If we dig deeper, we will find that WordPress is covering 17% of all websites and sit on the top of the all CMSes and roughly, all CMSes belong to PHP. There are plenty of reasons for that PHP is getting constant success despite the changing landscape of the web. We can point finger towards some like opensource nature of PHP that allows you to play with its source without any restriction and distraction to pour your creativity in a demanding web development project, be it website or web application.

Opensource means cheap at licensing front, but it is still cheaper due to availability of seasoned PHP developers at cheaper rate. This fact may frighten newbie who wish to dirty her hand with PHP coding to make some decent fortunes. The secrete behind this is easy syntax despite all intricacy that are not easy to learn, comprehend and code, but also allows modifications as peer the requirements of website programmer and her clients.

An Evolving Language

Many dynamic scripting languages and OOP languages can do jobs somewhat better ways than the PHP does. However, they all have some big drawbacks like flexibility, suitability or adaptability with other languages, PHP rules over all and fit in all situations and with all existing language on the web-programming sphere. On the base of last five years progress, we can gracefully claim that PHP is rapidly evolving in sense of syntax, frameworks, tools and community.

Constant efforts of dedicated PHP developers to bring something new and finding the solutions of the problems arise in the community evolving a solid ecosystem in PHP community. Git is everywhere and embracing with PHP at very fast rates. You will find the use of Git in all PHP libraries, frameworks like CakePHP, Zend, Yii, CodeIgniter and a lot more.

Composer is another thing that revolutionized the coding and this may be well embossing on the minds of old aged developers who were using PEAR, a global installer, but dependency manager is quite different thing and highly efficient for many web developers. Fortunately, PHP has excellent dependency manager in form of Composer.

Vast Community

The word Collaboration has great meaning in the PHP community since it has various communities within like communities for various frameworks, different communities for different opensource and lot more. You will find a great realm among the all communities when they set for a definite solution of the web programming.

As we stated earlier, PHP is constantly evolving and including solutions in new consecutive versions that are not addressed before in previous versions like _traits, _generators, _ cliWebServer, _differencing, etc. Apart from these, it has lots of stuff for tests to take a test driven approach. You can effectively deal with large problems where multiple classes is common thing and their own dependencies interfering a lot, but the “interwined evolution” of PHP functionality can be solved with new features of the new versions.

With each new version, tutorials of the PHP are also evolving and drawing you in right directions thus, learning PHP is exciting and well-returned effort for a newbie web developer who literally wants to jump in to the ocean of PHP.

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