Why You Should Learn PHP?

PHP is one of the many server-side languages you can learn to build web sites. It joins other languages such as Java, ASP.NET, Ruby, and R. Eighty percent of the top 10 websites are powered by PHP, including Facebook and Wikipedia. PHP has consistently demonstrated its ability to scale the largest web sites while at the same time having an easier learning curve than other languages. This article explains why you should learn PHP and what it can do for your career.

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What is PHP and Why Should You Learn It?

PHP is a programming language that is very similar to C but has a few small differences. For example, instead of creating a code string, you can write the code and save it as a file instead of using curly brackets. Its name was originally an acronym for “personal home page” tools, but it has since become associated with “PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor.”  

A neat feature of PHP is that it's very flexible and versatile. PHP is almost the same as if it was an object-oriented language, making it a very convenient language to work with. It also has a quite powerful meta-language for developers. 

PHP is typically used to run Web sites, but you can run PHP on your Windows, macOS, and Linux workstations. The easiest way to run PHP is to install Docker and then run a container with PHP included. The container referred to in the link has PHP, MySQL, and NGINX running in a single container. You can be up and running in a few hours.

Where to Learn PHP?

There are a lot of great learning resources for PHP. These include the following:

In many ways, these resources form the foundation for your journey towards mastering PHP. The next step you will want to take is to practice your PHP skills on projects. The following are examples of projects for different skill levels:

  • Newbie Projects 
    • phpMyAdmin - Admin interface for MySQL written in PHP
    • Deployer - A deployment tool is written in PHP with support for popular frameworks out of the box
  • Beginner Projects
    • Matomo - Matomo is the leading Free/Libre open analytics platform
    • OrgManager - Supercharge your GitHub organizations
    • PHP Censor - Open source self-hosted continuous integration server for PHP projects
  • Medium and Advanced PHP Projects
    • Drupal - Leading open-source CMS for ambitious digital experiences that reach your audience across multiple channels
    • Symfony - Symfony is a PHP framework for web applications and a set of reusable PHP components
    • Laravel Newsletters - A package that provides an easy way to integrate MailChimp with Laravel 5

You can also access many PHP user groups to help build your peer community. Some of the top groups include:

Applying training materials, projects, and access to other PHP developers will accelerate your understanding and application of PHP.

PHP for Web, AI, and Beyond!

PHP is typically used for building out web applications and sites. However, PHP can be used in many different solutions. Some of these include:

The bottom line is that PHP's versatility makes it scalable to tackle any development job you need to fill.

Building a Career with PHP

PHP has driven the demand for development languages year over year. Today, PHP is one of the top five in-demand programming languages. There are many reasons for PHP’s growth. Still, strong support for PHP from Microsoft and Apple as part of the integrated development environments (IDE) such as Visual Studio and Xcode is certainly significant. Now, enterprise-ready IDE's provide excellent support for PHP along with C# and Swift.

To give you a frame of reference, an entry-level PHP developer in North America can start at $60,000 per year and a senior PHP programmer can make over $100,000 per year (source: Glassdoor). 

In many ways, PHP is the foundation language you can use for a career in IT as a developer.

Jumpstart Your Programming Career with a Course in PHP

As you can see, PHP is a flexible and useful programming language, used extensively for building out web applications, websites, cloud computing, and even machine learning. Learning PHP will help equip you for a brighter future. Invest in your career today and explore Simplilearn’s offerings, including our comprehensive PHP Training Course. Read how to create sessions in PHP and more about the basics concepts of PHP in our PHP Tutorial. 

About the Author

Matthew DavidMatthew David

Matt is a Digital Leader at Accenture. His passion is a combination of solving today's problems to run more efficiently, adjusting focus to take advantage of digital tools to improve tomorrow and move organizations to new ways of working that impact the future.

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