PHP as a general purpose tool? I'm intrigued.
Well, it isn't useful for building native graphical applications, for instance. Also it has some problems to manage serial port (I use Arduino boards a lot). So...about this aspect Php is far behind Python, I think
That's precisely why the post uses the therm CLI, because it's for the command line only: scripts. Surely, PHP can't solve all problems, but it is a very low barrier language that many people are already familiar with. I said all these things in the article's introduction by the way
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