The end of 2016 was buzzing with 2017 PHP trends. Now, as we’re entering summer, let’s see if the various PHP trends are still relevant or if there’s something new in town.
PHP Trends – PHP 7 accelerated adoption rate
Experts are saying that PHP 7 should be adopted as fast as possible – it’s being backed by WordPress, Symphony and Magento. With a decrease of 50% in RAM consumption during request processing, it’s easy to see why.
At the beginning of this year, one dev said it eloquently:
“PHP has basically proven itself to be the jack of all trades, stable workhorse web language. It’s almost never the best option for any project, but with PHP7 speed improvements and incredible frameworks like Laravel it can work so easily for almost anything.
There is documentation and support for every single problem you could ever think of. And it’s finally hit the point where performance is mostly acceptable.”
PHP Trends – PHP continues to be the favorite for tech startups
According to various reports, by 2025 half of American Enterprises will run 10 or more applications, and PHP is still the crowd favorite. According to W3techs.com, PHP is used by 82.6% of the websites whose server side programming language they know.
PHP Trends – Laravel gaining ground on Symphony and Yii
While the choice of framework depends of course on the enterprise and individual needs, Laravel is the receiver of a lot of praise. Check out what Cat Evans, godfather of the PHP community, had to say about it:
“Frameworks exist only to make developers lives better. Some developers won’t want to sweat the details, they want to just get things done. There is nothing wrong with this and frameworks like Laravel will always exist to fill this need. In our ecosystem, Laravel stands above all others with the tooling and ecosystem built around it to help developers just get things done.”
PHP Trends – PHP 7 as integral to the IoT (Internet of Things) solutions
Just google this headline and you’ll come to a slideshow that states that “Anyone can build a real Internet of Things application with PHP and $50 worth of hardware.”
Whether it’s an Arduino, a Raspberry Pi or another small gadget or sensor bought on AliExpress, indeed, with a $50 investment and some PHP knowledge, you can create an app. It probably won’t be as fun as a MakeyMakey but who knows, maybe it will be more useful. Check out how many gadgets run on PHP 7.
So, what do you think? Do you have any predictions for the far future of PHP? It has already conquered the present and near future, we at ClusterCS love it and proudly support it, we’re curious about your thoughts on the matter.