PHP: Between Demonization and Reality
A reflection on the nature of PHP in programming: debunking myths and highlighting its advantages, performance, and popularity.
Daniel Ramírez
Daniel Ramírez

Today, I want to reflect on a topic often debated in programming circles: PHP and its perception of it. This language, surrounded by myths and divided opinions, deserves a deeper analysis.

Understanding the Status of PHP in Programming

PHP, often seen as an inferior language in programming, has been the subject of numerous misunderstandings. Despite the common belief that PHP is a useless, poorly paid, and poorly designed language, my experience tells me otherwise. PHP is a powerful language, easy to program, with excellent performance and good security. It can perform the same functions as other more recognized languages, like Java, C#, or. NET.

PHP in the Colombian Context

In Colombia, where I am involved in programming, PHP has not been as popular as other languages, especially Java. This is because PHP is free, unlike the licenses for Java and the hardware demands it requires. PHP is lighter and offers more flexibility in terms of system resources. However, this accessibility has led to the myth that PHP is not a good language and lacks practical functionality.

Globally, especially on freelance work platforms, PHP is highly demanded, offering well-paid job opportunities in finance, social networks, e-commerce, and blogs.

Development and Advantages of PHP

Training in PHP and its advantages is a crucial topic. Although it can be a weak point, security is manageable and can be strengthened. What stands out about PHP is its performance and ease of learning. The learning curve is smoother than in languages like Java, Python, or JavaScript.

PHP is ideal for learning programming fundamentals, as its C-based syntax facilitates the transition to other C-based languages. Additionally, you don’t need to understand object-oriented programming to start programming in PHP intensely. This allows beginners to start with small tasks and integrate them gradually.

Conclusion

In summary, PHP is a robust and versatile language, suitable for supporting applications as demanding as those Java or .NET could handle. Its simplicity and high performance make it stand out. The myths that PHP is a foul language, or no one uses it are unfounded. PHP is a beautiful language, capable of performing many tasks and matching other languages, even surpassing them in some aspects.

For those interested in learning PHP, I recommend resources like LaraCasts, created by one of the Laravel developers, which offers clear and accessible explanations to help you understand programming using Laravel. In addition, there are numerous tutorials available on YouTube and on the PHP page itself that can be very helpful.

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