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Lorna Mitchell:
PHP Version Adoption
June 04, 2013 @ 10:15:58

In this new post to her blog Lorna Mitchell takes a look at some of the current statistics around PHP version adoption - all the way from the ancient 5.0 through the shiny new (upcoming) 5.5 releases.

PHP runs over 75% of all websites whose technologies are known (source: w3techs), which makes for a really REALLY long tail of users who once installed wordpress, phpmyadmin, or some other open source project that helped their business needs at the time. What they don't do is upgrade. PHP's current usage statistics look like this (source and raw numbers are if you want them):

She points out that around half of the results show that sites are running on unsupported versions of PHP (<=5.2) but notes that it's not always their choice. There's lots of factors that play into upgrading these versions that are not always in the user's control (like the speed of distro updates). She covers some of the things that came around in the newer versions of PHP 5.2 and 5.3 including some large performance jumps, especially in 5.4.

In truth, the future is already here for those people on PHP 5.4 and beyond. Keeping PHP upgraded is just part of our regular maintenance workflow, and the language is progressing in regular and manageable steps. If you've been left behind then I strongly recommend that you start making plans for upgrading your platform, or moving to a newer one.
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Link: http://www.lornajane.net/posts/2013/php-version-adoption

W3 Techs:
PHP version 5.3 is now the most used version, just ahead of 5.2
March 22, 2013 @ 09:10:22

According to this new report on the W3 Techs site, the usage of PHP 5.2 has been passed up by the numbers for the usage of PHP 5.3 (finally).

PHP 5.3 has been released in June 2009, so it took a while to gain that level of popularity. End of support for PHP 5.2 has been declared in December 2010, but is was still the most popular version until now. Version 5.3 will enter the end-of-life cycle in March 2013. Version 5.4, used by only 3.0%, is now considered state-of-the-art.

The numbers have been consistently trending towards intersection with the usage of PHP 5.4 picking up, but no where near the 5.3 and 5.2 numbers. They also point out that PHP version adoption has a history of being slow. Contributing factors to this could be the overall impression of the language and how much "room for improvement" it seems to have.

It's not difficult to predict that PHP as a language will continue to dominate web development in the near future. What will be more exciting is to watch what new versions of PHP will look like.
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PHPClasses.org:
Lately in PHP, Episode 24 - Do PHP Developers Need & will Adopt PHP Coding Standards
June 04, 2012 @ 11:35:20

The PHPClasses.org site has released the latest episode in their "Lately in PHP" podcast series - Episode 24, "Do PHP Developers Need and will Adopt PHP Coding Standards?"

The PHP Standards Group is trying to push new specifications for PHP coding standards. Whether PHP developers need and will adopt these standards was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Arturs Sosins in episode 24 of the Lately in PHP podcast.

They also talk about some of the comments that Linus Torvalds recently made about the limitations of Github and recent PHP releases (bugfixes). You can listen to this latest episode using the in-page player or you can download the mp3 and listen locally. If you enjoy it, consider subscribing to their feed to get this and future episodes.

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Marco Tabini's Blog:
PHP 5.2 support ends just as its adoption begins
July 27, 2010 @ 11:16:23

In a new post to his blog Marco Tabini has voiced his opinion on the decision made by the PHP development group to set the end of life of the PHP 5.2.x series with the latest release (5.2.14).

n case you missed it, the PHP team has just released 5.2.14, which effectively ends active support for the 5.2 branch. [...] The logic behind this decision is...puzzling.

He mentions the recent announcements of a few large PHP-based projects to officially support PHP 5.2 and how, because of the large jump in functionality from pre-5.2, it might be a good idea to reconsider this (preemptive?) retirement. He adds that making a move like this without consideration to these larger products could reflect negatively on the language itself. Be sure to check out the comments for more views from other members of the community.

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Nessa's Blog:
PHP 5.3 Why We're All Late to the Party
May 28, 2010 @ 10:54:01

Nessa has a new post to her blog today on why she thinks most people are late to the party on PHP 5.3 including a few reasons she sees for the delayed adoption among the developer masses.

As a programmer, I would hold it to any site owner to check their site's requirements and the offerings of their host before they unnecessarily waste a lot of time and money, but as a system administrator I frown upon shared hosting providers offering software with known compatibility issues just to be able to advertise as the 'úlatest and greatest'Ě. The latest isn't always the greatest, and it won't be until the community catches up with what the greatest has to offer.

She notes that her situation, much like many other hosting companies, is that they're "just not ready" to make the upgrade because of some of the hassle it might cause the users. Similar situations happened with the change from PHP4 to PHP5. She also mentions a few specific issues:

  • Compatibility issues - several very popular applications don't support some of the 5.3 changes
  • There no Zend Optimizer/Zend Guard support
  • It's not required for PCI compliance yet
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Court Ewing's Blog:
Organize Your Project like a Pro with PHP Namespaces
April 19, 2010 @ 21:04:30

Court Ewing has put together a new post looking at using one of the more powerful (yet underused) features of the recent PHP releases - namespaces - to organize your code.

Prefixes serve their primary purpose well: when used correctly, they will ensure that your class names do not have naming conflicts. Unfortunately, they are long and pedantic, and provide no additional benefits. [...] Namespaces provide other benefits than shorter class names, though.

He illustrates with a well-structured example that makes it clear as to what resources are being used and how they're split out. His snippet defines the structure of the rest of the script without even a line of code in the class. He also briefly mentions the PHP 5.3 adoption levels and notes that several larger projects will be 5.3-only soon and will start to force the hand of developers and hosting companies.

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Stuart Herbert's Blog:
Looking At PHP On Windows Adoption
September 14, 2009 @ 09:41:36

Stuart Herbert has been studying adoption rates for Windows use on PHP and, in response to comments made in this article he's shares some of his own stats on Windows adoption (at least in the European market).

[Remi] was expressing his surprise at how few people participated: "I refuse to believe there are only a couple of dozen PHP developers in Europe." It's an odd statement...the world and his dog knows that PHP is immensely popular over here in Europe. Perhaps Remi completely overlooked the Windows factor here?

Stuart points out that he's seen around fifteen percent of developers using Windows as a development platform, but only three percent use it as production server. There also seems to be a lack of interest in the whole PHP-on-Windows space.

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Stuart Herbert's Blog:
Poll Have you adopted PHP 5.3 yet?
September 01, 2009 @ 08:31:05

Stuart Herbert has an informal post asking for feedback on how many developers/organizations out there have already adopted this latest version of PHP.

Now that PHP 5.3 has been around for a few months and we've started seeing plenty of blog posts covering all the new features in PHP 5.3, I'm wondering whether or not you have actually moved to PHP 5.3 yet.

To cast your vote, head over to this poll and choose one of the options (or Other). As of the time of this post, it looks like the "No, my $distro doesn't support it yet" option is barely in the lead in front of "Yes...and I'm loving it!". There's lots of reasons in the "Other" category as well. Get your vote in before September 21st when the poll closes.

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php|architect Blog:
Opinion Arrogance is Limiting Framework Adoption
June 16, 2009 @ 08:49:04

On the php|architect blog there's a new post from Cal Evans (of Ibuildings) with what he thinks is one of the largest reasons that frameworks aren't as well-adopted as they should be - arrogance.

Developers are notoriously self-confident in their ability to write code that is better, faster, cleaner and better-smelling than everybody else's. In today's environment, however, the focus is on producing immediately useful code'"and, given the richness of today's frameworks, those who eschew them in favour of home-grown solutions are forever running the risk of reinventing the wheel for no good reason. We have enough wheels'"start building some cars.

He suggests that, with all of the "reinventing the wheel" that's been going on and overpowering frameworks that are out there, that developers need to take a step back and find a framework that fits for them. Coding from scratch (usually) isn't a good option - there's almost always a framework or application based on one out there that'll fit with just what you need.

Pick a framework that has a thriving community and then spend the time to learn it. Quit re-inventing the wheel, start using the wheel to solve your client's problems. Get out there and build them a car.
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Nexen.net:
PHP Statistics for February 2008
March 06, 2008 @ 09:32:00

Damien Seguy has posted the PHP statistics for this month - the results from February 2008 - here's some of the highlights:

  • PHP 5 set record of growth : + 2,5%, up to 32%
  • PHP 5.2 is the second most popular version, ahead of 4.3.
  • PHP 4.4.8's popularity is falling

You can check out the numbers yourself for the month as well as the evolution stats showing how things are progressing. He's also added a new graph this month showing the adoption rate that PHP5 is having in the online world.

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