What is PHP and why is it popular?
What is PHP? Well, it’s an open-source server-side scripting language with web-development as a primary purpose. And it’s… it’s like this very easy-going simple guy John. Yes, you can deal with sophisticated people who collect Vinyl and read Japanese poetry during free time. You can deal with strict walking organizers. Or, you can just deal with John. He knows basic stuff about your business. He wears simple clothes, watches TV at the weekends, and does not follow the haircut trends. To communicate with him you don’t need to google Haiku or create a Trello table. John is super down-to-earth, and it takes less time to reach for him than someone who is there – up in the sky.
That’s what it feels like when you code in PHP. You objectively understand that there is always something more pretentious and exquisite. However, life experience has taught you that sometimes less is more, and easier is better.
That’s the first advantage of PHP – it has a low entering barrier. It’s trouble-free to learn with understandable documentation. What’s also contributes to its seamless knowledge-adopting process is that there is no strong typing or strict architecture. Embed it into HTML with <?php and ?> tags. Terminate each statement with a semicolon. All in all, you will need to follow the most basic rules and whether you use upper- or lower-case – it doesn’t really influence the result, only the looks of the code. Despite all the deprecating memes that are definitely created by Java-supporters, there are many pros of using PHP, and they often become the determining factor of why 76% of websites use it and why it’s still so popular, although it was invented in 1994.
Low learning curve
It is relatively easier to learn and easier to enter the market. There is no strict architecture you need to follow to make the code work. That means the newbies will not spend time arranging in into the perfect picture. PHP is very flexible, which facilitates the learning process. Also, with its structure, PHP is pretty intuitive to the coders who earlier worked with other programming languages. Plus, it has powerful community support, and if there is something you don’t know, the chances to get an answer are high. It doesn’t mean, you don’t need to put effort into the study at all. Yes, there are numerous “Become-PHP-professional-in-4-hours” videos on Youtube and trash-courses that promise you to code your first complex app in a day. It is somewhat challenging, only a little less when compared to other programming languages. For example, there is a great course on Codecademy.