As we all know PHP stands for “PHP Hypertext Preprocessor” which was initially called as “Personal Home Page” designed by Rasmus Lerdorf.
From last few years it has penetrated in the market like a Virus. There are various debates done on PHP as compared to other scripting languages like ASP.net, etc..
If we see PHP 10 years down the line from today, we can say that PHP will be the best and the most used scripting language. There are various reasons behind this statement.
It is the most important fact that PHP is an Open Source language and there are number of Open Source Communities, Companies and Individuals who supports and use PHP just for being Open Source. There will be high probability that the script which you are writing in PHP is already written and is available freely on internet.
Documentation : PHP’s Functions, Libraries, Concepts, Features etc are all documented on PHP’s official website http://PHP.net with loads of examples which makes the language programmer friendly. There is hardly any case when you have a question and PHP.net doesn’t have it.
PHP requires just Apache Server and PHP Libraries to run. No specific or High-Tech configuration is require to run a PHP Script, it works across all the platforms. Almost all the hosting companies supports and allows PHP.
PHP supports almost all the databases starting from a raw text file to MySQL to Oracle. With specific libraries you can enjoy the flavour of PHP with the choice of database you want to work with. For example OCI8 library is used to run Oracle with PHP.
Syntax similar to high-level languages like C and C++ and user friendly with well explained documentation is available for PHP. This makes it easy for a beginner to learn and use it.
MVC (Model, View and Controller) is a software architecture which increases the programming flexibility by separating the Business Logic, Database and Views from each other. PHP supports MVC. Few of the most commonly used MVC frameworks available for PHP are Codeigniter, CakePHP, Zend, Symfony.
Along with MVC Framework there are number of CMS available and are easy to install which are written in PHP. Example : Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, Moodle and many more.
Today PHP have penetrated into the market to an extent that now-a-days most of the websites/applications provide an API which is written in PHP to use them. For example: Twitter.
PHP offers many levels of security to prevent malicious attacks. Although there are number of questions on security with respect to PHP, if handled properly then PHP can tackle any malicious attack.
Penetration at market level:
PHP have captured a major share of market because of the number of features and flexibility it offers. Today if you want to search for a PHP freelancer then it would be very easy to find. Most of the companies are involved into enhancing and extending PHP to a different level by providing plugins for it, for example PHP-Excel, PDF create, ImageConvert and lots more.