News Feed
Sections




News Archive
Looking for more information on how to do PHP the right way? Check out PHP: The Right Way

Kenny Katzgrau's Blog:
Why PHP Was a Ghetto
April 14, 2011 @ 14:37:39

In a recent post to his blog Kenny Katzgrau talks about why PHP was a ghetto (both on the quality front and the public perception) but how things have turned around and the language is being perceived as stronger all the time.

I was talking with the Co-founder of a pretty cool start-up in DUMBO the other day about why the non-PHP development world generally has such disdain for PHP and the community surrounding it. He brought up an interesting point that stuck with me, largely because I hadn't heard it before. [...] He didn't say the actual language was poor - he said it was the general culture surrounding the language, which is usually iconified by a language's founder, that seems to encourage bad practices. That is, PHP code bases tend to be hacky and unmaintainable.

He goes through a few things in PHP's past including the influence that Rasmus Lerdorf has had from the beginning and how the "pizza-faced adolescent years" of PHP have been a big part of the problem. Because of its past, PHP had been considered a "ghetto" but with recent improvements like encouragement of coding standards, full-stack frameworks, great unit testing tools and the same low barrier for entry, the language is gathering its strength and moving away from its past into something new.

3 comments voice your opinion now!
opinion language perception developer past future


blog comments powered by Disqus

Similar Posts

Zend Developer Zone: A Week in PHPWorld #7

Community News: Facebook Releases the Hack Programming Language

IBM developerWorks: The future of PHP

Job Posting: Maxonic Seeks a PHP Developer - Contract (Foster City, CA)

PHP-Tools Blog: XML_Parser tutorial published


Community Events





Don't see your event here?
Let us know!


unittest code developer install testing language api threedevsandamaybe community refactor laravel release framework podcast symfony2 opinion interview list series introduction

All content copyright, 2014 PHPDeveloper.org :: info@phpdeveloper.org - Powered by the Solar PHP Framework