In his latest blog post, Jackson Miller asks the question "Is PHP in trouble?"
I like PHP, I really do. PHP5 is a great language and was a huge step in the right direction, unfortunately the community doesn't agree. It is not that the PHP community thinks PHP5 is bad, it is just that they don't agree on anything really. I am starting to wonder if the lack of cohesion is going to bring real trouble to success of PHP as a language.
Though he admits to no longer writing PHP, he's still interested to see it succeed. He just doesn't see the structure the language/community needs to make this happen and make the languagde advance. Jackson also comments on the fact that there doesn't seem to be one "solid" framework for the language, and that even the Zend offering seems on shaky ground.
He also looks at the "downward spiral" things started taking around the time PHP5 was just coming into view - arguing over petty issues, delays of releases, features being added and removed.
The luster was tarnished and the community hasn’t recovered. I hope I am wrong, but it looks like it is not going to improve anytime soon.