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Why does PHP have a bad reputation?

Freelance PHP consultant Lorna Jane Mitchell explains why PHP’s bad reputation is unwarranted, explodes some popular myths and suggests some excellent resources along the way

PHP has the reputation of being the poor cousin of scripting languages, due to outdated language features and plenty of poor quality code written using it. I use PHP as my main programming language and it’s seen waves of change over the last five years; it’s so much more than a language for script kiddies and hobbyist hackers. There are some ‘truths’ about the language that aren’t true these days, so I’d like to bring you a little update.