The new PHP, it rocks.
Just read Josh Lockhart’s post titled The new PHP, which gives a great overview of how the language has improved and matured over the past few years.
Being on the inside of the PHP ecosystem, I feel like I’ve been benefiting from a lot of the changes he mentions for some time now. In fact, I’ve started taking a number of them for granted.
PHP today is not without its warts - it always will be, and every language has them - but it is also fast, lean, expressive, and has a prolific community that deserve to be proud of the advancements we’ve made. Between PHP-FIG, Composer, HHVM, React, the MicroPHP movement, and PHP: The Right Way, an excellent resources for newcomers (and experienced devs too), this community is doing some really awesome things.
Bottom line, PHP has grown up. It’s not the teenage kid with pimples on its face any more. It stacks up very well against any of the major scripting languages. And there’s every reason to be proud and excited for the bright future of our language.