PHP Is Killing Python

Beau Beauchamp
9 min readNov 6, 2021

Why PHP Is More Popular and More Hated Than Ever

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Once again I find myself swimming against the current of pop-culture to deliver a reality check most of you reading this are not going to want to hear: PHP, the bastard-child of programming languages, is more popular than ever!

Why? Why isn’t PHP dead already? There are so many “better” programming languages out there, right?

Well, no, there aren’t. Otherwise, they would have taken the lead and destroyed what PHP does eons ago. We need to reexamine our definition of what it means to be a “better” language.

If you’re scratching your head wondering why PHP isn’t dead or even dying, it’s likely because you probably don’t understand a few things about programming, programmers, markets, and democracy. Things that actually have nothing to do with code, functions, or syntax.

It’s Vogue to Bash PHP

To make a name for yourself it in today’s programming circus of engineering cliques, you have to bash whatever language that is competing with whatever you have been taught to like. This isn’t about functionality, it’s about culture. Actually, it’s something more akin to religion.

Programmers are an opinionated lot. We’re arrogant. Get over it. We are. And we love to bash whatever languages we don’t like…



Beau Beauchamp

Technology entrepreneur. Web application architect. Paranormal sci-fi romance writer.