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Why is PHP Language so popular? and What is the Future of PHP?

PHP Programming

In this blog, let’s familiarize ourselves with the PHP programming language, it’s uses as well as its future prospects. 

What is PHP?

PHP, which stands for the recursive initialism PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, is an open source general-purpose scripting language, which is widely used and best suited for web development. It can be embedded into HTML.

According to the PHP official website, “What distinguishes PHP from something like client-side JavaScript is that the code is executed on the server, generating HTML which is then sent to the client. The client would receive the results of running that script, but would not know what the underlying code was. You can even configure your web server to process all your HTML files with PHP, and then there’s really no way that users can tell what you have up your sleeve.”

It was originally designed and created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994 and is known for its simplicity for a newcomer. Apart from server-side scripting, there is much more that one can do with it. 

Why is PHP Language still popular? 

PHP language is still in high demand in the world of web development. Developers still sing praises of this groundbreaking programming language. What contributes to its popularity are as follow:

  • It is easy to learn.
  • It has a large community user base.
  • It is a versatile language as it is flexible, scalable, and customizable.
  • WordPress.
  • It is an employable skill. 

In an interview with Dice, Deepu Prakash, SVP of Process, and Technology Innovation at Fingent said, “PHP is getting better with each iteration. PHP 7.4 is leaps and bounds better than PHP 7.3, and with 8.0 expected to be released in November, it’s only going to get better as it boasts the new Just In Time compilation (JIT) and a slew of other features.”

Roles and responsibilities of a PHP developer:

  • Write well-designed code
  • Create detailed specifications
  • Troubleshooting application and code issues
  • Collaborate with front-end developers.
  • Conclude back-end features and testing web applications
  • Keep up to date with PHP related updates
  • Create documentation for software created
  • Generate results effectively and within the deadlines set.

What are the career options in PHP?

Top IT firms and multinationals in India such as Accenture and Wipro, among many others, are always on the lookout for candidates who are proficient in PHP programming language. Here are some of the career opportunities for PHP developers:

  1. Command-line scripting 
  2. Server-side scripting
  3. Database concepts
  4. Desktop application development 
  5. Web development such as Web architect, Webmaster and Web designer
  6. Compiler based applications 
  7. Computer programming.

Skills required to be PHP Developer:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or similar field.
  • Practical experience in PHP
  • Knowledge of other scripting  languages 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of PHP-based frameworks
  • MVC, CMS, HTML, JSON, XML
  • MySQL, Ajax, jQuery
  • Proficiency in OOPS concept, API integration
  • Understanding of Ubuntu, Linux OS, Zend framework and more
  • Understanding CakePHP
  • Skills in designing tools such as photoshop
  • Communication skills 
  • Problem solving skills
  • Critical thinking skills.

Future of PHP Programming Language

As PHP is still among the most popular server-side programming tools, thanks to WordPress, it is safe to say that the future of PHP Programming Languages is sound and secure. In fact, according to a survey conducted in 2020, 26% of programmers are using PHP. 

PHP is used by millions of websites today. So, if you plan to be a PHP developer, we’d say you have a good future ahead of you. 

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