Why do you use PHP?

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Why do you use PHP?

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Brian
Brian

Zend Framework!

Navid
Navid

The Community
Easy to use
Portability
Strong frameworks ( like zend, symfony,Yii, CI... )
Strong CMSes (Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla,...)

Elizabeth M Smith
Elizabeth M Smith

Low barrier to entry
Fast and cheap (not just in up front cost but things like hardware)
PORTABLE (no other interpreted language is as easy to cross platform)
Popular (really, this is a good thing)
Interpreted not Compiled
C based and Open Source

"you did WHAT with PHP?" - yeah, that question, love it

Amitav Roy
Amitav Roy

I use PHP for two reasons:
1. Drupal CMS
2. Easy to learn and open source

myszek123
myszek123

Matured enough to employ enough OO to keep it fairly DRY, yet easy and flexible to the point that one can cheat here and there when deadline comes (a the expense of sanity and techdebt). ZF/Postgrs/Jquery keep the cheating part minimal and personal account always on the + side. Oh, and -> looks way cooler than . but that's only me

Wil Moore III
Wil Moore III

- Doesn't try to _hide_ HTTP from you (mostly).

- Flexible enough to support your paradigm of choice (oop, functional, procedural) -- sure, it doesn't do any of these perfectly, but it is hard (if not impossible) to be flexible yet pure at the same time.

- Excellent standard library, and what isn't there, is likely to be found in one of the following libraries: ZF, Symfony, Ez (Zeta) Components, PEAR.

- Portability is quite good. PHP has been running very well on windows for many years.

Petah
Petah

Because that's what they pay me to do!

Michael
Michael

Easy, powerful, free

marsbomber
marsbomber

1, scripting language for the web
2, best documentation
3, active and helpful community
4, start maturing frameworks
5, massive Eco systems

Albo
Albo

Easy with a lot of resources

Nitin Reddy Katkam
Nitin Reddy Katkam

I code in PHP because the platform has three of the most popular content management systems - WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. And using PHP with MySQL is free - no licensing costs for the most part. The hosting provider offers PHP and MySQL hosting on Linux for cheaper too, so that's a cost saving that I can pass on to clients. When using PHP, there's a lot of open-source code out there that can be used as a library of a base system to build plugins and themes upon. PHP cuts my development time by at least half with all that it has to offer.

Ian Mone
Ian Mone

Great community, ease of learning, versatility and free.

Ian Mone
Ian Mone

Community, ease of learning, versatility, free.

Rob Zienert
Rob Zienert

I enjoy contributing to ZF2 and SF2. And uhh... my employer uses PHP, so I have no choice (professionally, speaking).

Brad
Brad

Fan girls.

Pete Milkman
Pete Milkman

- Rapid prototyping
- FAST
- Freedom of philosophy
- Friendly, helpful and gigantic community
- Do something very simple, or something enterprise-sized

Ricardo Machado
Ricardo Machado

- Well Documented
- Fast to learn and to write
- Flexible (non-strict) development (syntax)

Eric Hogue
Eric Hogue

The community
The documentation
Targeted for the web

Mike
Mike

PHP makes it easy to get a web site up and running quickly.

Timothy Warren
Timothy Warren

- Easiest language to install
- Easy to Use
- Fast
- Flexible
- Built for the web
- Can do basically anything with it.

Karl Spies
Karl Spies

Simple: Magento, one of the best OS eCommerce Platform is built with PHP

Furkan Tunalı
Furkan Tunalı

-Up-to-date
-Open source
-Fast
-Flexible
-Probably best suitable platform for web
-PHP5.

Gokul Muralidharan
Gokul Muralidharan

A potential technology which can be scaled easily.
Less learning curve and easy to setup the environment.
Community and Enterprise support ready for large scale deployments.
Confidence to build a project on top of it due to its robustness and stability.
Always being Opensource.
Easy adaptation for cloud environment.
and so on.....

Grayson Koonce
Grayson Koonce

ZF2 & Symfony2 allow me to look past the last umpteen years of PHP messary :) I'd even go as far as to say I've been excited for what this language holds in the future. Cmon, sane method names!

tonyl
tonyl

Easy, Free, Portable

Lionel
Lionel

- Portable my code to any web server (win, linux, etc ...)
- Lots of support and info on the web.
- Free !
- Plays nice with front-end tech like Flex

Nicolas
Nicolas

- Large community
- Support
- Easy to develop
- Easy to deploy
- Free...

admin
admin

Could you expand your first point? Sounds like there's a story there.

Nitin Reddy Katkam
Nitin Reddy Katkam

If you're coding PHP for the paycheck, I'd love to be doing what you're doing! :-)

Nitin Reddy Katkam
Nitin Reddy Katkam

I don't really know if I can build something enterprise-sized... it isn't appropriate for building desktop applications, when the users demand responsiveness... although, technically, you can!

Nitin Reddy Katkam
Nitin Reddy Katkam

...and WordPress, the most popular CMS. Lots of clients want themes and plugins for WordPress and they actually pay you to do stuff that you love!

alireza
alireza

+1 for the ultimate answer

admin
admin

You definitely can build enterprise apps in PHP. Take a look at our customer list (http://www.zend.com/en/company/customers/). You will find a lot of enterprises there and a lot of them are what you would call "enterprise" apps. An enterprise app doesn't necessarily run on the desktop.

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