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Discussion on: Choosing PHP in 2018

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Brian Foley

When I talk to fellow devs about PHP, it's usually not the language itself that they are afraid of, it's the fact that most of the PHP work out there is:

1) Wordpress Development
2) Cleaning up someone else's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad PHP app.

A lot of times these two are the same app. A lot of languages out there have significant problems (e.g. Javascript), but I don't think you end up in this situation with most of them, unless it's a language that's even more obscure than PHP.

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Andrew Davis Author

That’s a valid concern, a lot of PHP jobs are related to WordPress. PHP is just as capable as Python or Ruby, but since those two languages are more popular in startups, that has an effect on developer perception.