The State of PHP 2014 - Portsmouth Linux User Group (6th June 2014)
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The State of PHP 2014 - Portsmouth Linux User Group (6th June 2014) The State of PHP 2014 - Portsmouth Linux User Group (6th June 2014) Presentation Transcript

  • The State of PHP 2014 James Titcumb Portsmouth Linux User Group 21st June 2014
  • James Titcumb www.jamestitcumb.com www.protected.co.uk www.phphants.co.uk @asgrim Who is this guy?
  • Who are you?
  • A brief history...
  • 1994-1995 - PHP/FI 1.0 ● Basic functionality ● Solved a problem ● Simpler than Perl http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rasmus_Lerdorf_cropped.jpg
  • 1997 - PHP 3 ● Rewrote parser ● Zend Technologies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zeev_Suraski_2005_cropped.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Andi_Gutmans_1.jpg
  • 2000 - PHP 4 ● Zend Engine 1.0 ● Big improvements ● Very basic “OO”
  • 2004 - PHP 5 ● Zend Engine 2.0 ● Better OO ● PDO ● Performance increase ● Adoption slow…
  • So… what is PHP?
  • What is PHP? 1 2 3 4
  • <?php echo "Hello world"; From “Hello World”...
  • <?php echo "Hello, " . $_GET['name']; From “Hello World”...
  • … to Facebook https://twitter.com/feross/status/459259593630433280
  • PHP powers 82%of the web Source: http://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/programming_language/all
  • Who uses PHP...
  • The Hate
  • ● http://phpsadness.com/ ● http://eev.ee/blog/2012/04/09/php-a-fractal-of-bad-design/ ● http://blog.codinghorror.com/the-php-singularity/ ● http://webonastick.com/php.html ● http://aurelio.audero.it/blog/2014/02/05/why-people-think-php-sucks/ ● https://maurus.net/resources/programming-languages/php/ ● http://www.bitstorm.org/edwin/en/php/ ● https://teamtreehouse.com/forum/why-php-sucks ● http://www.reddit.com/r/PHP/.../why_do_so_many_developers_hate_php/ ● http://www.quora.com/.../Is-PHP-a-badly-designed-programming-language ● etc. Some People Don’t Like PHP
  • Some reasons...
  • Some reasons... ● Was not “designed”
  • Some reasons... ● Was not “designed” ● Many inconsistencies ○ in_array($needle, $haystack) ○ strstr($haystack, $needle) ○ htmlentities() … html_entity_decode()
  • Some reasons... ● Was not “designed” ● Many inconsistencies ● Loosely typed ○ int foo = 0; ○ $foo = 0;
  • Some reasons... ● Was not “designed” ● Many inconsistencies ● Loosely typed ● Seen as “amateur”
  • Some reasons... ● Was not “designed” ● Many inconsistencies ● Loosely typed ● Seen as “amateur” ● T_PAAMAYIM_NEKUDOTAYIM
  • Some reasons... ● Was not “designed” ● Many inconsistencies ● Loosely typed ● Seen as “amateur” ● T_PAAMAYIM_NEKUDOTAYIM ● php.internals
  • Haters gonna hate. So… ● Use the right tool ● Use what is comfortable ● If you like using PHP, ignore the hate
  • What made PHP work?
  • ● Easy to learn Why it works...
  • ● Easy to learn ● Loosely typed Why it works...
  • ● Easy to learn ● Loosely typed ● Easy to install Why it works...
  • ● Easy to learn ● Loosely typed ● Easy to install ● Rise of the CMS Why it works...
  • ● Easy to learn ● Loosely typed ● Easy to install ● Rise of the CMS ● Gets the job done Why it works...
  • Then it all changed... Rob Allen: https://www.flickr.com/photos/akrabat/54795045
  • ● PHP 5.3 features PHP keeps getting MORE awesome
  • ● PHP 5.3 features ● PHP 5.4 + 5.5 features PHP keeps getting MORE awesome
  • ● PHP 5.3 features ● PHP 5.4 + 5.5 features ● PHP-FIG PHP keeps getting MORE awesome
  • ● PHP 5.3 features ● PHP 5.4 + 5.5 features ● PHP-FIG ● Rise of the community PHP keeps getting MORE awesome
  • ● PHP 5.3 features ● PHP 5.4 + 5.5 features ● PHP-FIG ● Rise of the community ● Composer PHP keeps getting MORE awesome
  • The Future of PHP…?
  • Things to look out for...
  • ● HHVM Things to look out for...
  • ● HHVM ● Zephir Things to look out for...
  • ● HHVM ● Zephir ● PHPNG Things to look out for...
  • ● HHVM ● Zephir ● PHPNG ● Growing community! Things to look out for...
  • Unstoppable Train http://unsplash.com/post/71169964532/download-by-kholodnitskiy-maksim
  • Questions?
  • James Titcumb www.jamestitcumb.com www.protected.co.uk www.phphants.co.uk @asgrim Thanks for watching!