An IT Manager's Take on PHP

While the success of open source software like Linux or Apache has been documented extensively throughout all mainstream media, the rise of PHP has gone largely unnoticed. Still, thesWeb scripting language PHP is the most popular module for the Apache Web server, according to a E-Soft survey (http://www.e-softinc.com/survey/). Netcraft studies have found that PHP is in use on more than 6 percent of all Web domains in the world (see http://www.netcraft.com/survey). That is an incredible market penetration for a rather specialized product. And its popularity continues to rise exponentially, with the recent release of version 4.0.


Increasingly, PHP's popularity is being reflected in traditional media: By May 2000, more than 20 books about PHP had been published in different languages, with more in the pipeline. Commercial players are beginning to join the bandwagon: PHP is included with Web servers, (e.g., C2's Stronghold) and Linux distributions. A new company, Zend Technologies,shas been formed to provide commercial add-ons and support for PHP.sA long list of large-scale Web sites employ PHP, as do hundreds of thousands small to medium Web sites.

sWe follow up on last month's introductory PHP tutorial with a discussion of the popular scripting language from an IT manager's perspective.

Which are more than enough reasons to take a closer look at PHP.

This article was originally published on Sep 7, 2000

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