On his blog today, Nick Halstead has posted what he considers the top ten reasons that PHP as a language is still around:
I have recently come across quite a few articles about the current state of PHP. The current situation does seem, on one hand, quite bleak. [...] We need to first educate all PHP programmers that writing in PHP 4 is only going to hold back the language. And that secondly there is a whole world of new features and ways of doing things that are simpler, slicker and more up to date than ever before. I include here a non-definitive top 10 things that a PHP programmer should know about.
A few of the items included in his list involve:
- classes and their use in PHP5 applications
- the flexibility allowed with multiple database support
- the multitude of frameworks currently offered
- debuggers and profilers