In 1994 Rasmus Lerdorf created PHP. It was originally named Personal Home Page or PHP for short.
In the early days of the Internet there were not a lot of tools. The early days being any time before 2000. I created my first website in early 2000 having started in the spring of 1999 by teaching myself HTML.
I remember looking at what is now PHP, Perl, and Active Server Pages (ASP). In the early days ASP was Microsoft’s equivalent to PHP.
Even in 2000 it was not clear what tools would dominate. I recall seeing PHP in it’s early stages. At that time PHP was just releasing version 4 under the control of Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans.
I chose to create my first website using the Perl programming language. A system admin friend talked me into moving to ASP, where I stayed for a short while.
PHP came on my radar in 2002. I started to experiment with PHP and to learn it. In 2006 I made the switch. By this time PHP had become the dominate language of the web.
Fast forward to today and we are now on version 7 of PHP. PHP is very mature and I expect we will stay on version 7 for 8 to 10 more years.
In the early days it was difficult to know what programming language and data engine would dominate the Internet. Today it is clear, however in 2000 it was not.
Today PHP dominates the Internet. There has been some fads, however PHP is always there. It helps that some of the most popular web applications are built using PHP. Applications like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Magento, to mention just a few. Even Facebook started out as a PHP application.
Today the internet in a crowed place where many tools are available for building a web presence. Today we know what dominates.
I’m thinking the web-stack that will dominate for the next 10 years might consist of PHP, the data engine MySql (or one of it’s clones), running on Ubuntu server, that is running Apache or Nginx. All of these tools are open source and are rather mature. This combination is able to handle what most want or need to do on the Web.
I’m betting on PHP for the next 10 years.