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PHP as a web development platform – IT Chimes takes a look

In 2013, Google announced that its AppEngine will support a new programming language, which was none other than PHP. For those who aren’t sure what the AppEngine is, it is Google‘s own cloud hosting service, and it later came up that PHP was used as the preferred web development platform and running across seventy five per cent of the websites across the globe. This underlines PHP’s fame and popularity among web developers, and explains the reason behind why PHP support is the topmost requested feature for AppEngine.

PHP's official mascot - elePHPant - IT Chimes

(Official PHP mascot – The elePHPant!!

Source- Wikipedia)

The rampant emergence of PHP as a web development platform meant that other rival platforms had to up the ante, and fill in the gaps where they were trailing. Other web developers were circumspect and knew their preferred languages had no choice but to buckle under the rising PHP cloud. Still PHP needed a significant backing to consolidate its presence in the industry. The Google announcement was the critical boost that paved the way for PHP to win conference room meeting arguments.

Why PHP is currently the greatest MVP in web development

It wouldn’t be wrong to call PHP “the most valuable player in web development”, and I shall support my argument with the below mentioned explanations. Let’s proceed.

Google App Engine- PHP Web development-IT Chimes

Claim to Fame: Thanks to the Google AppEngine

Whenever Google says something, the tech world sits back and listens. The world’s most important search player and most visited website is actually the driving force behind most of the web traffic. Google’s spiders crawl and index the entire world wide web, so if Google claims that 75% of all websites are running PHP as their preferred web language, you know they aren’t goofing around.

Bam!!!  PHP has hit hard and good!



WordPress with its fantastic application support is a big reason behind PHP’s unprecedented success as a web development platform. WordPress has become the most extensively used content management system (CMS) by web developers, and can be customized to support any requirement. It is incredible that the popularity of WordPress reaped great benefits for PHP and Dot Net framework development, since both of them climbed the success ladder holding hands.

Not Drupla, Joomla or other PHP applications, it was WordPress.


Versatile programming

PHP has had its fair share of high performance rivals, most importantly Java and Ruby on Rails, but it thrived on the back of its global programming ability for developing web applications. The coding style, development methodology or project architecture – the answer could have been anything.

PHP brought in the core features of Ruby on Rails and improved them further. While Ruby on Rails offered a clean and concise project development life cycle, PHP added flexibility and high productivity to the same. The use of global code instead of classes is argumentative, and classes are usually the case that most web  developers would probably favor. However, classes over global code isn’t a concrete rule, and there are many cases where global code did a better job than classes. PHP allows global code that may not look appealing from the aesthetic eyes of a seasoned developer, but the end result is pretty good.

Gaurav Sabharwal is the Business Head at IT Chimes. He is an avid blogger, and likes to pen his thoughts about building, managing and leading teams in IT, top-level decision making and time management. Find him on Twitter @GauravSabh

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