July 8, 2018

JMS332: Why Are Developers Still Learning PHP?

I was asked to answer this question over on Quora: “Why are people still learning PHP?” Sigh. Why are people still asking why are people still learning PHP?

But, one of the answers summed it up perfect.

Web development is a lot more regional than you might think. If you live in NYC or Silicon Valley, then sure… most start-ups aren’t using PHP to build their app.

But, everywhere else?

In the freelance world?

PHP is still damn dominant. And, absolutely worth learning. In any case, in this podcast episode I go through that answer and give my thoughts on why PHP is still worth learning AND learning as your first server-side language.

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8 Comments on “JMS332: Why Are Developers Still Learning PHP?

July 9, 2018 at 3:29 am

PHP is very popular here in Kenya. In fact 90% of colleges prefer final year projects done using PHP. The sort of tutorial I’m looking for is that one which offers how to build an app that can generate pdf reports. Something like a sales tracker and so on.

John Morris
July 9, 2018 at 8:51 am

Gotcha on the tutorial. Interesting on the popularity of PHP in Kenya. Makes sense.

July 9, 2018 at 4:15 am

Wow I 💜💜💛 that you illustrated so well for me to understand why PHP is important, I am willing to learn with your tutorials. Thank also for knowledge you share on YouTube I have been coding but confused learner I have been learning is python, js, Django, html, CSS and SQL though I never finished any of them and was always scared I would never be able to code but I didn’t know I no need to learn all languages to be a programmer. Thanks

July 9, 2018 at 4:19 am

You have illustrated the importance of me learning PHP which I never had learnt before. I have been learning Python, Django,js, CSS and HTML and I have not finished any because I thought to be as programmer I had to learn all languages. Through Your YouTube page I have learnt I need to concentrate on one language. Thank you for your emails too that are good advice they are really helpful to me.

John Morris
July 9, 2018 at 8:52 am

Yes, focus on one to the point you’re making your living as a developer. THEN, expand out and learn others to make yourself more marketable. That’s my opinion on how to do it.

Scott Sawyer
July 9, 2018 at 7:27 am

WordPress, Drupal, Laravel, Magento. Powers some of the biggest sites on the web…

Should you learn JavaScript? Yes. But that’s a good skill anyway. LAMP / LEMP make such a large chunk of the web, hard to go wrong.

Also, availability of developers ( you mentioned stability ). If a “mom and pop” shop’s application is built in the “language of the week”, they may not be able to find someone to update it in 2-3 years. Where as Drupal and WordPress have nearly 20 years of development/ stability/ security each to lean on, and tons (millions?) of developers.

I think for many projects, PHP is probably the most responsible choice.

John Morris
July 9, 2018 at 8:52 am

Well said.

August 10, 2018 at 12:46 pm

PHP for being the open source for the web developers is the most famous language & that’s what motivate for the developers like us to start learning about it.


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