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Kinsta.com:
Is PHP Dead? No! At Least Not According to PHP Usage Statistics
Nov 30, 2018 @ 13:36:04

The folks over at Kinsta.com have put together some end of the year usage statistics for PHP across the web trying to answer the "is PHP dead?" question.

You’ve probably heard about how the new WordPress Gutenberg editor brings block-based editing to WordPress.

There is a change going on behind the scenes that casual users might not notice, that Gutenberg blocks are made using JavaScript (React, JSX, and ES6), not PHP. That change, along with other shifts in web development, might have you wondering, “is PHP dead?”.

People have been calling for the death of PHP for years now (you can find “Is PHP Dead?” posts as far back as 2011). And yet, PHP still persists… In this post, we’ll dig into the data and show how PHP isn’t close to being dead (even if you really wish it were).

The article talks about how, despite PHP not being the "most modern programming language", it's still in use by almost 80% of the websites on the internet (8 out of 10 sites). While the number is declining slightly, it's still large chunk of the web based on the reporting from the X-Powered-By header. They also point out that PHP is faster and better than ever with new, impressive features being added constantly and new versions being regularly released.

They also note that it's easy to find PHP developers (with actual experience) and, while you don't have to like PHP, it's definitely far from being dead.

tagged: kinsta statistics usage dead developers percent

Link: https://kinsta.com/blog/is-php-dead/

Kinsta.com Blog:
What’s New in PHP 7.1.0
Nov 25, 2016 @ 13:32:29

On the Kinsta blog there's a post detailing some of the new features that are coming in the next release in the PHP 7 series - PHP 7.10.

The newest version of PHP – 7.1.0 – is already at RC6 (Release Candidate 6) status, which means it will be out soon. After a huge update that took PHP from 5.6 straight to 7.0 increasing speeds considerably, PHP is now focusing on core language features that will help all of us write better code. In this article I’ll take a look at the major additions and features of PHP 7.1.0 which is just around the bend.

Their list of items includes:

  • nullable types
  • iterable and void returns
  • the use of keys in lists
  • number operators and malformed numbers

Each item in the list includes a brief description and some example code show the feature in use where it makes sense. If you're not overly familiar with what's coming in PHP 7.1 this is a great guide.

tagged: kinsta php71 upcoming version feature php71rc6 release detail

Link: https://kinsta.com/blog/php-7-1-0/


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