PHP: the language that runs in the shadows
19 Oct 2023
For several years now, I've noticed that PHP is consistently omitted from popularity rankings or usage statistics. This absence is striking both in moderately public and private sites. Here are some examples:
- https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-top-programming-languages-2023: This link shows that the job requirements for PHP are below those of Visual Basic in 2023! (see attached image)
- https://www.dice.com/career-advice/which-programming-languages-do-developers-learn-first: This site suggests a list of languages a novice programmer should learn. PHP is comfortably...in sixth place!
Even in forums and surveys, PHP simply isn't included. I invite the reader to do a simple Google search for "top languages 2023" and they will come across this surprise. Although I should note that Google results don't show PHP as far below as the indexed sites do.
Now, let's look at the facts: PHP is the most widely used language on the web, and it has been for many years. More recently, it is used extensively on the backend, as stated in this link:
Furthermore, the demand in the job market is still significant when it comes to PHP. So, I wonder: what's happening with the promotion of PHP?