What Makes PHP a World's Most Popular Languageby Ravi Bhadauria ADMEC Multimedia Institute
Programmers are in high demand these days because of their fluency in the coding language is invaluable. If you're starting a web development project, then you need to select a language first. The foremost criterion in the selection process should always be to use a language that can get the job done. If one language is immensely popular but would take two years to code, and another one is less popular but would take three months to develop your application, you should undoubtedly choose the less popular language. Choosing a more popular language generally means access to more programmers and resources, so that's an important consideration as well. If you want to make a career in the field of web development, then in-depth understanding of the languages can benefit anyone. PHP is usually the most preferred scripting language which is used by many web developers because of various reasons which we are going to explore in this article.
What factors make any language popular?
The possible factors for measuring popularity include:
- The number of times the language name is mentioned in web searches, such as indicated by Google Trends
- The number of times the language is mentioned in job advertisements
- User-friendliness for beginners and average programmers
- The number of projects available on various platforms like on SourceForge, Freecode, and GitHub in that particular language
- The huge support system available in the form of a number of postings in forums and newsgroups about the language
Benefits of using PHP?
PHP is an incredibly potent server-side language mainly because of several factors. Here are few significant reasons which can precisely explain the ubiquity of PHP and also why you should also choose this language for building your website:
1. Easy to Grasp
PHP scripting language is one of the easiest to grasp languages used for developing websites and it also permits PHP specialists to get an edge on web advancement. Fundamentally, this language is the same as C and Java; if you are familiarized to any of these languages then you can rapidly learn this scripting language.
2. Ample support
Whenever you get stuck with any issues while programming in this language, you would get plentiful help. Being open source and free you can easily get hold of online documentation for PHP. There are several forums are available where you can ask your queries and get them resolved.
3. Fast and Strong Website
Websites developed using PHP scripting language are significantly faster than other programming languages because it doesn't require many assets of frameworks. You can develop a strong website and easily make it functional.
4. Integration with Other Technologies
PHP can be easily integrated with other technologies like MongoDB, Memcache, Pusher, etc. Hence, many organizations from government to private leverage this programming language to power their online presence.
5. Robust and Flexible
The largest and most popular social media platform, Facebook is developed in PHP. The tech giant has also created a PHP derivative language, known as "Hack" in order to meet its content management needs which makes it one of the most robust and flexible language. The biggest advantage of this language is that you can update the code of your website without rebooting your server.
6. Cross-Platform Compatibility
Originally it was designed for Linux platform. Ultimately after many updates, a single code written in PHP can be run in any platforms like Microsoft Windows, Macintosh and UNIX operating systems and interface with MySQL- the most popular open source database supported by PHP. Thus, this language is ideal for businesses seeking cost-effective solutions.
7. High performance
Applications developed in this language are known for greater performance is that it is configured with the opcode cache via OpCache by default since PHP 5.5 version. The opcode cache saves the output of compiled code into memory to be used in subsequent requests. Thus, it reduces execution time by skipping the parsing and compilation phases during subsequent requests and consequently increases app performance.
PHP has become one of the foremost players on the web development market in the last few years. It is the most preferred programming language that is suited for website development as it can be easily embedded into HTML code. One of the sturdiest and most noteworthy features in this scripting language is its support for a wide range of databases. If simplicity, the speed of development, and economy are taken as the important factors, then PHP should be the best.
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