The venerable net programming language PHP is a supply of frequent complaints and frustration, however in keeping with a report W3Techs launched right this moment, it would not appear to be going away anytime quickly.
W3Techs’ net server survey appears to be like for applied sciences in use by websites in Alexa’s high 10 million record; right this moment’s report features a year-on-year chart starting with January 2010, operating all through 2021. The survey solely contains high websites not out of elitism, however as one a part of its effort to keep away from data-skewing returns from domain-parking companies and spammers, which might in any other case dominate professional web sites via sheer quantity.
Inside that dataset, the story informed is evident. Other than PHP—which held a 72.5 % share in 2010 and holds a 78.9 % share as of right this moment—just one different server-side language ever broke a ten % share. That one competitor is ASP.NET, which held a powerful 24.4 % share in 2010 however was right down to 9.3 % in January and eight.3 % this month.
Amongst the small fry, the one really spectacular progress to be seen is in Ruby—which at 5.2 % this month continues to be seeing continued, uninterrupted progress in W3Techs’ survey. This would possibly come as a shock if you happen to’re principally conversant in Ruby on Rails, which itself stays viable however appears to be on the decline in reputation.
There would not look like any clear contender for PHP to fret about in W3Techs’ outcomes, both—the inexorable decline of ASP.NET over time hasn’t produced a big increase in both PHP or some other single language.
In all chance, many of the “disappearing” ASP.NET websites already included some PHP—which might have resulted in a single website being counted twice in W3Techs’ outcomes whereas having little or no influence on the opposite languages as ASP.NET companies quietly deprecate.
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