First of all i must say im relatively new to the whole PHP scene. Coming from an OOP background with mostly Java/C++ experience i must say the transition was not rough as i expected it to be. Unfortunately i have not been able to code in PHP at an industrial level but use it for many of my freelance projects which has been very productive up to now. So i would love to highlight why i love PHP and why i think others who aren't using it yet, should give it a try.
- Its Interpreted
Ofcourse there are PHP compilers if anyone ever needs it. Some say it increases the performance but i have personally not been able to try it. Facebook has written a nice tool that converts PHP code to C code called HipHop.
- No need of a special IDE
- Support for Object orientation
- Plethora of frameworks to choose
Im just starting out with PHP and i believe more will be added to this list as time goes on. If any PHP pros can share their opinion on why you love the language it is highly appreciated.