A new Gartner report about PHP – PHP: Past, present and Future is mentioned in the last Zend newsletter. Even though I remain somewhat sceptical towards similar reports it is good to see that even Gartner is catching up. What they say actually do have an impact.
"PHP has been a cornerstone technology on the Web for more than a decade. While its adoption among mainstream IT organizations has been limited in the past, many corporate application development (AD) projects are discovering the unique benefits of PHP."
One particular advice is especially interesting for large companies.
"Consider PHP as a supporting technology in a broader portfolio of AD technologies, where it can provide a specialized toolset for building Web graphical user interface (GUI) front ends to service-oriented architecture (SOA) back-end services."
PHP is a fantastic tool for building rich web applications. It’s extensibility makes it versatile and extremely easy to integrate with modern integration solutions as Web Methods, legacy systems or just about any database technology.
To me – this has always been where PHP really shines.