Yeah, I agree. The constant hate on PHP gets old. It's a fine language with some quirks, it's also been evolving since 1995. I agree it wasn't necessarily a "designed" language, but who cares? It's easy to learn, easy to use, is installed everywhere, there are a ton of developers who can write it and most of the poor design choices can be worked around. Modern frameworks like symphony and laravel make PHP pretty painless, and it's great for quick prototyping. There's also a pretty solid community that is generally friendly to beginners who don't know anything about programming. Some people really hate it, and that's fine... lucky for them there are other languages. Personally, it gets the job done and while it might not be my first choice for a new project in 2018, it's still the #7 most popular programming language according to the TIOBE Index so it must be doing something right.
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