PHP on top on this Historical Usage Statistic Graph for Server-Side Languages up to 2020

Here is the link to the statistic

These stats mean there are a lot of websites using PHP, there are a lot of jobs available. It means there are a lot of opportunities to fill. It doesn’t mean PHP is the best language but its commonly used. Why?

It’s been around for a long time. It’s easy to learn. It’s easy to start building applications. It’s easy to find documentation about it. It’s easy to find support to help your projects. it’s improving all the time because of the upgrades to the language. It has great frameworks like Laravel and Symfony among others.

The reality is that there so many technologies out there right now. New and shiny stuff always seems to attract people. I believe we all should keep learning all that we can when we can while we can.

Programming is always going to be a dynamic field and one has to adapt to its ever-changing system.

I have always been a fan of PHP and always like many things about it, heck I even created a bunch of courses on the language which can be found on or Udemy. But that’s not the only skill I have, that’s not the only skill needed to be a developer, you need to know your HTML and JavaScript as well. It does not hurt to even know a little of Python or C.

On my courses, I teach my students how to create applications that have most of these technologies included, if you notice in most projects we use HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript among others.

These technologies have been around for a long time, and now we see a bunch of new Frameworks come out. We see new people without not much knowledge jumping into them to create the next best thing, then later getting stuck because they don’t know how it works behind the scenes.

My advice:

Focus on the CORE knowledge of things, whatever they are. Master the main thing, which in this case would be the language, and then use the other tools.

My advice is to always keep growing and develop yourself as much you can in whatever interests you the most, never settle for less, never stay still.

About the Author: Edwin Diaz Edwin Diaz is an Engineer / Programmer / Web developer, Instructor and Entrepreneur. Hobbies Include... traveling , biking, rollerblading , swimming, hiking , and writing. Personal Note: I believe in the higher power and I'm doing my part in giving without expecting to receive. I love helping people and I plan to leave my mark on this earth by doing all the best I can to help every human being I encounter.

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