Is PHP dying?

Keeping up with the updates happening across the programming industry? There are sure to be one or two naysayers that direct you to articles talking about how PHP is a dying language. It’s gotten to the point where there are more speculations than statistics out there, saying that PHP is dying and has lived out its use.

To statements like that, it’s essential to look at the facts. While other languages like Python and JavaScript are dominating the markets these days, it isn’t to say that PHP has lost all relevance. In fact, more than three-quarters of all websites across the internet use PHP. Considered an excellent server-side scripting language, PHP is said to be a dying language since the day it was created.

But with popular Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress using PHP to this day, you might want to consider that maybe they’re onto something.

To this day, it is still a highly sought after language. And while it is by no means dying anytime soon, the speculations made about it aren’t completely groundless. PHP isn’t some dying horse begging to be put out of its misery, instead, it is a scripting language that could really do with an image revamping.

A lot of aspects of PHP are considered outdated and hinder its workability. If those issues are resolved, PHP can easily enjoy the status of the best and most used programming language for server-side web development.

But what are these facts that have created image issues for PHP? And what are the facts that have kept it relevant for so long? Let’s discuss this.

Changes PHP needs to make:

As web development has become extensive in its execution, with the introduction of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Not to mention how these new applications include big data—it has become difficult to maintain all that with PHP. Hence why it gets complaints about how non-versatile it is. As a result, developers are moving to other scripting languages, ergo Python.

Aside from versatility, PHP is part of a bygone era of code syntax, where other scripting languages employ natural language execution in their syntax. Making them so easy to understand that even laymen can work on them. But the major issue that users encounter while using PHP is its limited security and debugging behavior. The tools provided for general consumption leave a lot to be desired, and even more exposed and ready for external attacks.

How PHP is still relevant:

Despite the grievances against PHP, it is still relevant. Considering how almost 78% of websites online are powered by it. It’s no surprise that it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

It is an open-source and highly scalable language that has an extensive community of users, all ready to defend it. And even though it has an all-code syntax, it still has an easy learning curve that users can immediately grasp with some practice. Plus, newer versions of PHP are extremely fast in their processing. Beating back their competitors by a long shot.

Future of PHP:

As it stands, PHP is not dying. Far from it. It is still alive and kicking and will be for the foreseeable future. All it needs to get back in the game is an image revamping. A few issues are already being addressed. With efforts being made on the developers’ end to bring it up to speed with the modern landscape of web development.

Before long, users will start to feel more secure with their usage of PHP. With the launch of PHP 8 in 2020, plenty have stated PHP as being as relevant as any other mainstream programming language. Perhaps even more so.

The future of PHP, as of 2023, is secure.

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