Why PHP is so much more popular for web-development

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Wed Jul 25 23:55:39 CEST 2007

Jeff McNeil wrote:
> Unfortunately, I also find that PHP programmers are usually more
> plentiful than their Python counterparts.  When thinking of staffing
> an organization, it's common to target a skill set that's cheaper to
> employ and easier to replace down the road if need be.
Right, that's why hospitals are replacing their surgeons with butchers. 
There are so many more of them available. It's only cutting meat, after all.

> Also, larger hosting shops are hesitant to run things such as TG and
> Rails that require an additional server process.  The name of the game
> is density.  Sure, it may be easy to manage and run a TG project, but
> it's a pain to set one up on a shared hosting server.
Virtualization will solve that problem.

> Lastly, I personally think it has something to do with the fact that
> so many of the popular, free, web applications are PHP based. It's
> easy for the average Web Administrator to get started with your
> standard PHP package. From there, picking up the language is the next
> logical step.
There's some justice to that.

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