Is PHP your favorite language? If so, is it your first?

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So many people around here saying PHP is the best language. I can only assume it is your first language? I see points like "easy to learn". Programming isn't easy. Being an expert in PHP is not installing an ecommerce website or creating a plugin for wordpress. You need to understand core programming concepts like object oriented programming and model-view-controller.

I started on PHP, then I discovered Ruby and later Python. If you call yourself a programmer, go out and try these other server languages so you have a better perspective.

I love PHP: it is my first love, but it is far from 'the best' language. If you love PHP you will absolutely love these other languages they got going

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Don't take this as offensive. I would have just appreciated if, when I thought PHP was the only language, someone urged me to checkout these other great languages.
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  • Profile picture of the author webchris
    I love PHP because its structured well, and was easy for me to learn. I had previously tried to learn C++, but gave up several times. I am finally starting back with C++ because PHP is just so slow. But PHP is a fantastic starter language.
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  • Profile picture of the author frenchsquared
    PHP was not my first. It is my favorite. Actionscript was my first. Working on Java, so far I hate everything about Java. I have been talking to a few people about Ruby on Rails. I may look into that one.
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    • Profile picture of the author michael_gourlay
      PHP was not my first, nor is it my favorite.

      I started off with BASIC and C++ which were the only two languages available at my high school.

      I currently use Java most often (likely because it's what I use at work).
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  • Profile picture of the author shantanu
    PHP IS GOOD BUT HTML LASTS FOREVER HE HE HE......but php is best for designing pages, forms easily whioch takes less time and provides more output in which today's generation believe.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaamaru
    I love PHP. It's not that hard to learn, yet it's really powerful. I also love how it can use OOP and regular. It was my first (If HTML and CSS don't count), but is not the only one I know.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdWorkMedia
    THUMBS UP FOR PHP - Great language, much less frustrating to work with than Java or Microsoft based languages. Would recommend PHP to coding beginners and pros alike.
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    • Profile picture of the author Anthoni
      BBC BASIC was my first language ever.
      Anyone ever remember Forth language ?
      Cobol, now that was one serious anal language.
      I am currently using Actionscript because it suits my needs, but my favourite is Pascal / Delphi
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  • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
    I started with Applesoft BASIC, then Fortran. Also C, C++, and Visual Basic.

    Then of course PHP, which I started using most recently.

    Now I wouldn't say PHP is the best of languages, but I use it more than anything else. I like the syntax of it, many other people speak PHP, and there's a lot of great projects already built on PHP. I don't have many reasons not to use PHP.
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  • Profile picture of the author madison_avenue
    This is the best guide to object oriented programming I have read. It's about Ruby, but you ending knowing object orientated programming! I too started with PHP a few years ago and I remember the OP Damien gave me an awesome answer to one of my early questions on PHP, about 4 years ago I think!

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  • Profile picture of the author mohibull
    i don't like php language because it is very difficult language
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  • Profile picture of the author evantanski
    I like PHP. PHP is Hypertext Preprocessor, is a scripting language used for web development. PHP is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language.
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  • Profile picture of the author coolsharad
    php is my favorite language
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  • Profile picture of the author SebastianJ
    I started out with VBScript and classic ASP (Active Server Pages). After that I moved over to .NET and did C#/ASP.NET for a few years. I got extremely sick and tired of Windows and .NET and I was like "**** it, there must be something better".

    I ordered a Mac, dropped Windows and .NET entirely and switched over to PHP, Ruby/Rails, Java and Python. I mainly develop web apps in Ruby/JRuby on Rails (best web framework I've used so far) and when I do content heavy sites I do stuff with WordPress and custom plugins/themes in PHP.

    I almost hate PHP as much as .NET - it's an extremely ****ty language. Try Ruby on Rails or Python + Django and then you'll realize. PHP isn't truly OOP yet and all the ugly function calls and poor debugging just bugs me out. If it weren't for WordPress I would never ever touch PHP.

    I'm slowly picking up Objective-C as well. Not really fond of the language so far, but I guess it'll grow on me eventually
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  • Profile picture of the author Dana Holt
    I have been a professional developer for over 15 years and worked with lots of different languages, started with C/C++ and assembly language.

    I've done a fair amount of PHP in the past, and a lot of .NET stuff (C#) in the last 10 or so years. A little Java here and there.

    I am a big fan of .NET. It is definitely flexible and fast, just take a look at highscalability.com/plentyoffish-architecture

    PHP has tons of free code, but it is a very ugly language. It is easy to pick up, but most of the code out there is really bad. PHP lets you write bad code very easily.

    Personally I like Ruby on Rails much better than PHP and have done a few projects with it that are currently live. It does have some performance issues under high volume (as does PHP) without caching.

    PHP is good enough for most things and easier to learn without any development experience. You can just hack things together without really knowing what you are doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author wasabi20
    Originally Posted by Damien Roche View Post

    So many people around here saying PHP is the best language. I can only assume it is your first language? I see points like "easy to learn". Programming isn't easy. Being an expert in PHP is not installing an ecommerce website or creating a plugin for wordpress. You need to understand core programming concepts like object oriented programming and model-view-controller.

    I started on PHP, then I discovered Ruby and later Python. If you call yourself a programmer, go out and try these other server languages so you have a better perspective.

    I love PHP: it is my first love, but it is far from 'the best' language. If you love PHP you will absolutely love these other languages they got going

    Code School - TryRuby

    Don't take this as offensive. I would have just appreciated if, when I thought PHP was the only language, someone urged me to checkout these other great languages.
    PHP all the way.

    I know many language but the more powerful are PHP
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  • Profile picture of the author Milo Odin
    php is open source that's why i love php but i also know asp.net, java, C++, C# and little bit(some knowledge)python.
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  • Profile picture of the author jigonesome
    First decide your database to be coding with PHP language and start writing code in PHP for hello world program, in coding you connect your database with PHP application and fetch data from database and display all that data in PHP application.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shoot
    I suggest Moving on to ruby also after you have tackled PHP and then to python.
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  • Profile picture of the author oldvintageguy
    I love PHP but it's pretty much all I know. I have the utmost respect for people that are good programmers, especially how they can remember all the code techniques!
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  • Profile picture of the author oldvintageguy
    Does anyone here use perl?
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  • Profile picture of the author victorjhon
    PHP is one the best programming languages in whole of the world.
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    • Profile picture of the author Witty
      Nothing beats assembly language for speed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Iyanwell
    Hi ,
    Php is free and easy to use .
    It is easy to learn
    It is open interface language with mysql.
    that's all the reasons Why all used the php language?
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  • Profile picture of the author AdamMc
    No, I much prefer Perl, though PHP is great for quick scripts and some of the smaller scale stuff. The support documentation is pretty good too
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  • Profile picture of the author Ufoalf30
    Hi guys

    I said Actionscript 3 easy to learn and fun. Actionscript 3 is OOP language also.

    I´m currently dive into PHP now. i tryed java but i hate it so no java for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author banglamovie
    php is not my first language .. but i like this language.
    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author webpeon
    coming from a desktop app development background asp.net in c# just seemed like the logical choice to me, didnt think it was a valid option to re-learn an entirely new language so its my favourite by a long shot.
    i tried learning php for a brief period but didnt like it, to me it just seemed a messy language with no real structure so i gave it the flick pretty quickly.
    these days im learning more java which aint much different to c# imo so i dont forsee it being a big learning curve really
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  • Profile picture of the author simeon4o
    Am I the first one who doesn't like php Anyways, it is the ONE for server-side scripts.
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  • Profile picture of the author wilianto
    PHP is my first programming language, but I can't say that PHP is easy because I don't understand OOP and MVC concept. I still learn about it.
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    • Profile picture of the author guy99
      My first language was C,C++ but my favorite language is PHP...
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  • Profile picture of the author Saad Host
    PHP is not my first language but its my favorite.I started C++ language. when i am 15 year old.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fahmzie
    My favourite language is the one that suit my needs and PHP does that job. It has easy learning curve, every hosting in the world support it and its scalable too (if you do it right)...what else can you ask?
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    • Profile picture of the author angelie
      Java is the first language that I used at work and C/C++ is the first one that I learned. But my favorite is PHP, because it's simple to use. Wordpress, which is a popular website platform being used by most of small businesses now is written in PHP too.
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  • Profile picture of the author easywso
    PHP is my favorite. My first language was basic many years ago. My first "web" language was ASP (before the .net) Of the 10+ languages I can code in, I am most comfortable in PHP.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyS
    PHP was not my first, JavaScript is.

    PHP is only second to my favorite languages.
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  • Profile picture of the author rosesmark
    My First and Last Programming language is PHP
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  • Profile picture of the author JuneCelo
    I started out with C/C++. And I tried these PLs as well; VB6, VB.NET, and Java. Then, after all of that I came across PHP and other scripting languages that goes well with it such as HTML, CSS, Javascript and Ajax. So far, I'm loving PHP!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mickinzie
    I like PHP, For all those who are not aware of PHP:

    What is PHP?

    PHP stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
    PHP is a server-side scripting language, like ASP
    PHP scripts are executed on the server
    PHP supports many databases (MySQL, Informix, Oracle, Sybase, Solid, PostgreSQL, Generic ODBC, etc.)
    PHP is an open source software
    PHP is free to download and use
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  • Profile picture of the author Nifty62
    I in no way think that PHP is the "best" programming language. In my opinion there is no "best."

    It's all about what you need to get done and the skill of the person at the keyboard.

    That being said, PHP is indeed easy to learn. As far as programming goes.
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  • Profile picture of the author fromtodo
    I started with Basic, after that Pascal -> Delphi -> Perl and only after that PHP
    Now I still use PHP and ... yes, for me it's the best for web development (despite the fact that I work on C# too)
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  • Profile picture of the author chadha
    yes , i also like PHP language . but my first language is HTML .
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  • Profile picture of the author Nepzian
    My first languages are c and c++. Its better to have a knowledge about c and c++ before have a study about PHP
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  • Profile picture of the author bdbloggerz
    I love PHP. Its easy and nice.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulgmortonpm
    my favorite language is php. html tags are use in php language. php language is easy to learn. it is open source language
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  • Profile picture of the author ivankristianto
    PHP is not my first programming language.
    My first language is pascal and c++. Yeah i know it's very old.
    Then i tried a lot of other languages such as C#, ASP.Net, Java, Ruby (and rails), Phyton, Groovy and Grails, including PHP.
    All the programming languages is good and i can use it.
    But my best and favorite one is PHP, because it is fast and easy to deploy.
    But any programming language is good.
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  • Profile picture of the author flippingpaddies
    Love PHP, lots of documentation and great features.
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  • Profile picture of the author landen
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    PHP is one of my favourite programming language because it can be easily integrated in various dynamics visual apps.
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