What is the PHP language?
PHP is a programming language referred to as scripting. It is usually used to create a website. It is characterized by server-side feasibility and consequently, it is not visible to the user. It enables dynamic generation of pages, creating and modifying a file on the server, limiting the availability of subpage data on the site, encrypting data and using cookies.
An example of its use is a form on a website. It enables the handling of databases, however, knowledge of SQL is required. PHP was referred to as a slow language, but its newer version, PHP7, has improved its performance by introducing some important changes. PHP is most often found in content management systems, forums, mailing applications and databases.
PHP is not difficult to learn, thanks to its dynamics it becomes quite flexible while writing code and is not strongly typed. Its syntax is quite simple. Especially the latest version of PHP7, which eliminates many bugs, has become much more suitable for beginners.
Even though PHP is quite an old language, there is no sign that its popularity will start to decline. This is probably because most of the most popular websites use it. Besides, it is constantly being improved, as the latest version of PHP7 proves.
This is a very informative article and is well presented bringing out the salient differences and similarities between the mostly used two languages today, especially in web environment.
It is true that there are a plethora of programming languages available in the computer arena and for a beginner it becomes difficult to choose as which language to learn and get expertise in it. It is also true that no single language will do all the things with same comforts and ease as some other language can do because the architecture of all the languages is quite different from each other and one language may be better than other in one respect while the other will have an edge over first one in some other respect.
I remember, about 35 years back when we were introduced to computers then we learned the 'Basic' language which was supposed to be the language of that time and people even made games in it with so many little facilities in that language at that time. Then for scientific work we learned Fortran language while for business matters people learned Cobol which if we remember helped immensely at the Y2K crisis. Then came Pascal and there was no end. We went on learning them one by one because what we found was that they were becoming more and more powerful and what we did in Basic for half an hour writing code was done in those advanced ones of their times in one instruction or one library function. Then came C which revolutionised the programming world and it is a language which is being recommended by many experts as a must to be learned by the beginner. So in essence there is no escape from learning a handful of the languages rather sticking to one of them.