A long time has been passed since the first release of PHP. Over the years the language has been improved a lot, in terms of performance and features, thanks to the work of many contributors. At the same time, also its adoption among developers is grown dramatically. Looking at the latest statistics, PHP is used on the 81.7% of all websites; an outstanding result. Nonetheless, several top companies and developers have always looked at PHP as a kind of bad, silly, and for snotty kids language.
In this highly opinionated article, I’ll try to explain some of the reasons behind these judges. I’ve collected them over the time, talking with other developers and reading some articles spread on the web.