PHP: Three Versions, One Promise
PHP has long been a favorite dynamic programming language for Web developers. After 10 years of growth, 2006 looks to be a banner year for the open source language as its collaboration framework, partner ecosystem and the language itself are expected to grow and gain new users.
Look for a confluence of three distinct branches of the PHP language, with versions 4, 5 and 6 all likely to be out in the market in 2006. It will also be a year in which PHP will continue to challenge .NET and Java as the online language of choice for developers.
According to data from Netcraft, over 22 million domains currently use PHP. A November study from SecuritySpace.com reports that PHP is actually the most popular Apache Web server module, with some 44 percent of all surveyed servers running it. By contrast, Perl, another popular open source language, comes in at 11 percent.