On the Gentoo blog today, there's a note for those just getting into PHP - a warning of sorts for them to not read too much into the language.
Stuart Herbert advises those coming into PHP, both from other languages and as a first language, to not expect things to be overly complex. PHP is all about simplicity, and he reminds readers with a few points about objects in PHP.
His three points are:
- Classes and inheritence are not new to PHP 5
- Managing state between pages is very straight forward in PHP
- Folks who follow design patterns religiously are missing the point
And that's the beauty of PHP over many of the other tools that you have. If you want to write a system that's entirely object-oriented, you can. But you don't have to. You can create and use objects where they make sense, and you can continue to use global functions where they make sense. PHP's neutral philosophy gives you the freedom to just get on with it, and do what's right for your needs, your skills, and your tastes.