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I have never been the biggest fan of php. My favourite language of choice is ocaml, with python and ruby not far behind. But I make my living writing web applications and not having the option to choose which servers those apps will run on usually means that php is the obvious choice. One thing I would like to point out, though, is that with version 5.3 and more recently 5.4, PHP now has a feature set that make it a worthy language to program in. If it had annotations (hint) then I would find it hard to find anything wrong with at all in practical application building. Add the fact that it has a decent market share of good web frameworks, including enterprise, micro and all between, excellent templating engines and suddenly the difficulty in finding fault with the venerable old workhorse increases rapidly.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2012 on The PHP Singularity at Coding Horror
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