Why did I end up depending on PHP for my daily bread? There is one simple reason: It's everywhere. Project after project, client after client, I kept running into PHP. There were home grown utilities to fix. There were webmail clients to tune. There were blogs to write plugins for. And there were CMS systems to build out.
It's been three or four years since I transitioned from developer-who-happens-to-know-PHP to a PHP developer. Day in and day out I hack on PHP code. I wouldn't say that I've grown to love PHP, but I've certainly grown comfortable with PHP.
I know there is a constant stream of PHP cynicism. Like Perl before it it, PHP has no shortage of detractors. But I think PHP might be getting better.
The funny thing, though, is that it's not the language that's getting better, it's the community. I think there are four clear ways in which this is true:
- A Move Toward OOP
I briefly explain each of these below.