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carljm
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arowla
vvarp
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RossP
mmai
westonruter
jcarbaugh
binarydud
CerealBoy
daddy
adurdin
coordt
justinlilly
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pydanny
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rrainey
dasil003
mattimck
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jonemo
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nathans
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robhudson
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nnrcschmdt
anoop
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sbaydoun
eddymul
lukeman
stephen_mcd
xhae
bkonkle
givas
vinilios
gnat
brosner
patricktaylor
mikl
cpharmston
dabeaz
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passy
milouse
bitprophet
mathias
greyfade
bg4
bob
smalltobi
joe
gg
ghoseb
ntoll
jefftriplett
adders
newman
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drakkos
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boutell
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zeroaltitude
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ptone
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floyd
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msnaith
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lcf
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dan
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reed
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newmaniese
bseanvt
sanchom
MichaelTran
dublindan
alex
GordyBrow
msk_y
AndyC
MechanisM
Chirs
Sitwon
nightfly19
joshontheweb
moriogawa
edfuh
natevw
Sitwonade
abeppu
nbprithv
qwertymz
jbeigel
undoingemptyvoid
jonnyboris
Da_Nuke
perimosocordiae
cdeblois
quakehead
stevejohnson
lvshankar
foomor
amackera
edv4rd0
gniero
williamcomartin
janewilson90
Cema
jmillikin
mccolgan
devien
skytreader
isardana
andyrak
dl
jeffszusz
otherchirps
bocke
ukazap
vitaliyf - 21 years
mpirnat - 3 years
wilane - 7 years
codewritinfool - 20 years
edd - 20 years
jjames - 8 years
carljm - 8 years
kayakr - 20 years
shiny - 20 years
tmcw - 20 years
acdha - 12 years
twhitton - 19 years
tswicegood - 19 years
MarkofCain - 19 years
jackboot7 - 19 years
af - 8 years
eculver - 19 years
jeffself - 6 years
deep - 12 years
xurizaemon - 19 years
k_wade_a - 19 years
lambacck - 19 years
davisagli - 9 years
bkmontgomery - 11 years
arowla - 10 years
vvarp - 5 years
yawmark - 5 years
sli - 18 years
jasonb - 3 years
kratorius - 8 years
Kanru - 5 years
b3cft - 18 years
RossP - 6 years
mmai - 18 years
westonruter - 18 years
jcarbaugh - 8 years
binarydud - 18 years
CerealBoy - 18 years
daddy - 8 years
adurdin - 7 years
coordt - 6 years
justinlilly - 8 years
paltman - 5 years
pydanny - 4 years
streetcleaner - 18 years
mfandreas - 4 years
rrainey - 18 years
dasil003 - 6 years
mattimck - 18 years
sfaruque - 18 years
benjaminws - 8 years
1stvamp - 17 years
jonemo - 17 years
pmclanahan - 7 years
dmpayton - 17 years
nathans - 9 years
brousch - 5 years
Bryan - 9 years
sjaekel - 17 years
metavida - 17 years
szilveszter - 6 years
honzakral - 4 years
robhudson - 17 years
SeanOC - 17 years
nnrcschmdt - 2 years
anoop - 17 years
apostolos - 4 years
sbaydoun - 17 years
eddymul - 17 years
lukeman - 6 years
stephen_mcd - 17 years
xhae - 17 years
bkonkle - 7 years
givas - 7 years
vinilios - 8 years
gnat - 3 years
brosner - 5 years
patricktaylor - 6 years
mikl - 16 years
cpharmston - 16 years
dabeaz - 3 years
banterability - 16 years
passy - 16 years
milouse - 16 years
bitprophet - 16 years
mathias - 16 years
greyfade - 12 years
bg4 - 8 years
bob - 16 years
smalltobi - 16 years
joe - 6 years
gg - 5 years
ghoseb - 16 years
ntoll - 2 years
jefftriplett - 6 years
adders - 16 years
newman - 4 years
Zak - 16 years
mcaulay - 16 years
bmaxwell - 15 years
adamcik - 4 years
pedrovalente - 15 years
asenchi - 15 years
drakkos - 15 years
growe - 15 years
barneyboo - 15 years
davidpaccoud - 7 years
soryu2 - 15 years
brettsky - 5 years
jamesotron - 2 years
boutell - 15 years
Swizec - 15 years
gunnarlium - 15 years
ShawnMilo - 6 years
jacobian - 2 years
notanumber - 6 years
myles - 15 years
defrex - 6 years
sceptreofjudah - 15 years
karlstolley - 15 years
NX172 - 15 years
mwalling - 5 years
jma - 15 years
bittercoder - 14 years
audreyr - 2 years
stringfellow - 4 years
osiixy - 14 years
cloudssanswater - 5 years
mrtrosen - 14 years
eykd - 14 years
koichirose - 14 years
krisse2 - 14 years
Rgoodermote - 14 years
Kami - 14 years
daniellindsley - 5 years
shywolf9982 - 6 years
louisr - 3 years
sdhamilton - 14 years
PaulM - 14 years
trey - 14 years
zeroaltitude - 2 years
Vector - 14 years
alexsuraci - 5 years
mdridley - 13 years
fourplusone - 4 years
Indy - 13 years
adambrenecki - 4 years
ellisonleao - 13 years
Josh - 3 years
mowens - 13 years
rizumu - 4 years
seanbrant - 5 years
nsmgr8 - 13 years
ptone - 3 years
mjhagen - 1 years
b3ng0 - 13 years
floyd - 13 years
leveille - 5 years
nullomodo - 13 years
collypops - 13 years
Matt - 13 years
msnaith - 13 years
sebleier - 13 years
bkopanja - 6 years
brutasse - 13 years
lcf - 13 years
gnubardt - 13 years
dan - 12 years
CrociDB - 5 years
ch0llima - 12 years
reed - 12 years
d3f3nd3r - 3 years
chrisbrett665 - 12 years
Shane - 12 years
r1chardj0n3s - 4 years
Raisapius - 12 years
newmaniese - 1 years
bseanvt - 4 years
sanchom - 12 years
MichaelTran - 12 years
dublindan - 2 years
alex - 1 years
GordyBrow - 11 years
msk_y - 11 years
AndyC - 11 years
MechanisM - 11 years
Chirs - 11 years
Sitwon - 11 years
nightfly19 - 11 years
joshontheweb - 11 years
moriogawa - 11 years
edfuh - 5 years
natevw - 11 years
Sitwonade - 1 years
abeppu - 10 years
nbprithv - 2 years
qwertymz - 10 years
jbeigel - 10 years
undoingemptyvoid - 1 years
jonnyboris - 10 years
Da_Nuke - 10 years
perimosocordiae - 10 years
cdeblois - 10 years
quakehead - 1 years
stevejohnson - 1 years
lvshankar - 10 years
foomor - 1 years
amackera - 10 years
edv4rd0 - 9 years
gniero - 9 years
williamcomartin - 3 years
janewilson90 - 9 years
Cema - 9 years
jmillikin - 1 years
mccolgan - 9 years
devien - 9 years
skytreader - 9 years
isardana - 9 years
andyrak - 9 years
dl - 9 years
jeffszusz - 8 years
otherchirps - 7 years
bocke - 7 years
ukazap - 2 years
1997–
1997–2003
Well, you know ! Ahem !
1997–1999
1998–
Couldn't have written my first startup without it, but then spent years looking for an alternative
1998–2005
My first real programming job was building a PHP-based CMS from the ground up. It's still around, though thankfully most of the code I wrote has been rewritten since.
1998–
1998–
1998–2005
I did it for the money
1998–2009
1998–
1998–
1999–2003
1999–2004
Cut my web development teeth with this one.
1999–2006
To my great relief, in January 2010 last pieces of PHP I had written were taken out of production use.
1999–
The first language that I spent any real time with and the first language I got paid to work in. Great at all purpose, go anywhere web work, despite what its detractors say.
1999–2009
I used PHP in my first paid programming job (as a web developer).
1999–2007
My entry to web programming. Worked during college on a PHP-based CMS. Was great in terms of being easy to get started with, but I don't miss it.
1999–
1999–2010
1999–
1999–
1999–
Jumped ship from something which had great potential but few possibilities for something with wider horizons, but which turned out deeply schizoid and with lacking coherent identity. Oops.
1999–2008
1999–
Oh god... no... the horror.
1999–
1999–
1999–2003
2000–
2000–2004
2000–2007
2000–
2000–
My love for Perl gave way to the ubiquity of PHP.
2000–
Best
2000–2007
First application was a customer satisfaction survey (with graphs!) for some company in Canada while in High School. The book I learned from was http://www.amazon.com/PHP-MySQL-Web-Development-4th/dp/0672329166/
2000–
First contact was impressing. After a few years I was looking forward but now I'm disappointed by the directions PHP has taken.
2000–2007
Meh
2000–
2000–2002
not bad
2000–
2000–2005
PHP made web programming easy, but it's limitations and lack of design eventually drove me out.
2000–2003
2000–2003
I used this a few times but was pretty unhappy with it.
2000–2005
2000–2006
Hate it.
2000–2007
Sucks for design, rocks for speed.
2000–
2000–2007
PHP was a godsend back in the day. It really changed how I thought about web development. Learning "lightweight" web programming made me a much better and more sensible Java EE developer.
2000–
2000–2005
2000–2004
2000–
2001–
Great for quick and dirty web pages, ugly syntax and libs though
2001–2007
2001–2004
For my personal projects, ran away screaming as soon as I started working on anything bigger than a guestbook
2001–2004
2001–2009
Used it first for hobbies in high school, and then at work.
2001–
2001–
Used for several personal projects /websites/blogs, but hasn't been a regular part of my coding since 2007.
2001–2006
Switched to Python.
2001–2007
Learned a lot with and from this one. Glad to be done with it though.
2001–2009
The necessary evil. I really GOT into PHP. I just did what needed to be done in order for my sites to work. At Facebook I only used it through the company's template engine. Same with WordPress. Anything I do now in PHP is related to helping get my fiancé's sites to work.
2001–2003
Learned it to edit "Programming PHP". It makes Perl look consistent.
2001–
Lots of web development in PHP before I switched to Python.
2001–
First played with PHP in high school. Then started earning money with it. Now using it for leisurely pursuits again.
2001–
2001–2008
2001–
It's the main web scripting language I use when building web applications.
2001–
2001–2006
Still manage a few PHP apps, but I haven't written a line from scratch in years.
2001–2007
2001–
2001–
2001–2005
Mostly small intranet apps
2001–2002
2001–
2001–
2002–2006
2002–
<?php echo namespaces_are_one_honking_terrible_idea_lets_do_fewer_of_those(); ?>
2002–
2002–
PHP was the first turing-complete language I mastered.
2002–2007
I thought PHP was saving me from ASP. Enough said.
2002–2003
Used during my MSc to hack together some web-based projects. Nice to "know" it due to ubiquity of tools like Wordpress, Moodle etc...
2002–
2002–2005
Can't believe I'm admitting it.
2002–
In the end the only good thing about PHP is that it got me off of VB. I still have to use it occasionally for work purposes; otherwise it would've died for me in 2004.
2002–2007
2002–2009
Used it off and on for awhile. Spent about a year building a site using Zend/PHP but have not touched it since.
2002–
2002–
If I never saw this language again, it would be too soon. That said, the ease of getting simple things done in PHP got me back in to programming.
2002–
2002–2004
Taught and used PHP when teaching Internet courses at the University.
2002–2013
A terrible train-wreck of a language. If I never use it again, it'll be too soon. Hated it since 2005, only used it because of legacy code or client requirements.
2002–
Used it to program my first personal website with some dynamic functions. Still using it when doing maintenance for older projects...
2002–
2002–2007
Sigh
2002–
2002–2006
2002–
2002–
2003–2006
Still have to program PHP now and then to fix stuff, but try to avoid it when possible.
2003–
2003–
One PHP script to scrape a donors site for George Bush.
2003–
Experimentation and teaching only. Far from my favourite language.
2003–2009
Gave web developpment access to the mass. I hate myself everytime I code in PHP.
2003–
Haven't written a lot in PHP, but did knock up a couple of fairly simple web pages. Never got into its OO features, so I'm not sure how it holds up as a heavy-duty language.
2003–
Nothing beautiful about it, or its wildly inconsistent function names, but it's still my first choice when I just need to throw something together that works. Pretty much demands a framework to do anything more substantial with it though.
2003–
Not a good language, but gets the job done and pays my bills atm.
2003–2007
Used for my father's web site, http://www.CannonBullock.com.
2003–2004
My sugar-mistress for a while there.
2003–
Ah, PHP. Wrap the C standard library calls in a loosely typed, ill disciplined pile of goo in the tradition of Perl, add Java's familiar OOP syntax rather than Perl's obtuse one, and you've got... something I rather like, honestly. I spend most of my work hours coding PHP sites with the Symfony framework. I even write command line tools in PHP these days. I can't hold PHP and Perl syntax in my head at the same time due to the maddening similarities.
2003–
2003–
2003–2008
I used PHP just a little bit between my ASP and Python years. I made a few sites, one of which is still in production but in the process of being moved to Django. It feels disorganized and the syntax feels a bet foreign, like Perl's.
2003–2004
A single year was all it took for me to become good enough at PHP to know that I wanted to give it up.
2003–2008
2003–
2003–
2003–2008
2003–
2003–
2003–
2003–2007
2003–
2004–
It wouldn't be a horrible language, except I keep having to fix other peoples code that has a file with 5000 lines of crap and an 'echo html' at the end of the file. Seriously. Learn python.
2004–
2004–2009
The end year is more of a hope than a certainty: it's quite ubiquitous and sometimes it's simply impossible to avoid it.
2004–2005
Traditionally, PHP has had the bad reputation of encouraging users to mix logic with presentation. It's very Perl-y, so accessible, but I don't know if it has made it out of the woods as far as my first concern goes.
2004–
Learned it to maintain our secondary school website, happy at how much it has developed and am using it regularly in it's new OO form.
2004–
2004–2007
2004–
2004–
Still maintain some PHP Code. write a little commercially, mostly to support PHP based CMS's (i.e. CMS modules). Really don't like the language all that much, though there are some pretty slick libraries out for it these days (the developers must be very patient ;o)
2004–2008
2004–
2004–
2004–
Very first language after HTML that I tackled, I've had a love affair since.
2004–2005
2004–
I've worked on several games where this language was installed and did some web development.
2004–
2004–2006
Easy language to get started with.
2004–2008
2004–
2005–
Picked this up in Uni for a 'use whatever language you want' assignment to build a basic banking system. The course was focused on databases (relational), but I used it as an opportunity to learn PHP. I now only use it in the capacity of tweaking Wordpress sites.
2005–
Started my web development with it, obviously. I don't love it, but don't hate it either.
2005–
Would like to set 2010 as "end date" but it probably won't be the case...
2005–2008
2005–
2005–2007
Did some simple CGI work, then some custom Drupal module work. short experiment with using it as a shell script alternative
2005–
2005–
Great if used in the right hands
2005–2009
2005–2008
I was happy to make websites that delivered dynamic content. I never enjoyed writing PHP, but I got things done with it.
2005–
2005–
I'm pretty competent with it and use it for all my websites. It's good for rapid development of prototype web service-y type things.
2005–
2005–
2005–2009
My first real language. Piecing together a site for an obscure game server, I got tired of having to copy and paste the menu area between every page every time I changed it. A friend of mine suggested PHP, and I googled it and landed on the "include" statement. From then I kept creating things, poring over other peoples' code to learn it until I fully grasped everything. Nowadays the language isn't very appealing. I hope this "end year" is true.
2005–
PHP Web Apps from the ground up
2005–2010
2005–2007
2005–
A straightforward solution for dynamic web content but the language itself has some inconsistencies. My initial contact with web development.
2005–
2005–2009
Move over PHP, hello Python.
2005–
Still use it, because I have to.
2005
2005–
2005–2008
My first "real" programming language, which I learnt when I was 12. Prior to that, I'd learnt the basic concepts of programming first using a drag'n'drop tool called "Game Maker", and then by (re)-writing significant amounts of my games' logic in its inbuilt programming language.
2006
Started with WordPress and hasn't really gone anywhere since.
2006–
2006–
Learnt the basics on an IT course in St Andrews. Also used it to power our hack for Hackday 2009. It's absolutely horrible and is essentially one giant kludge, built on the dubious foundations of an early version of the UNIX command set. If you really want to torture yourself and avoid anything remotely resembling decent programming practices at the same time, then PHP is the way forward. MVC? What's that?
2006–2010
2006–
Only dig into this when having to modify pre-existing code... wiki installations, for example.
2006–2007
2006–
2006–
2006–
Converted from Perl to PHP
2006–2008
2006–
It's a good language, but yuck.
2006–2009
So far roughly one week's worth in total, and I'm hoping that will be it, forever.
2006–
Learned this after getting interested in server-side scripting. I've written an uber-simple wiki in it called Markerboard.
2006–2009
2007–
Only casual usage
2007
My intro to "real" programming. Wrote a few facebook apps in it, pretty much dropped it after I found Python.
2007–
Been using for small projects off and on for a while. Don't care for the language itself, but appreciate that it's almost as widely deployable as static HTML.
2007–
I still enjoy PHP at times and it is quick and easy, but turns into a mess after projects get large.
2007–2011
never again
2007–
I used PHP for some relatively simple web projects. I'd still like to go back to it for another project at some point.
2007–
2007–
main language
2007–
Learned to program with PHP. It some ways this has hurt me. But the fact that I could actually use even ultra simple programs I made is probably what got me to stick with programming.
2007–
After year of avoiding anything related to web design, got pulled in to a web app project and had to learn PHP to debug some code and write a bunch of new stuff.
2007–
2007–
2007
After year of avoiding anything related to web design, got pulled in to a web app project and had to learn PHP to debug some code and write a bunch of new stuff.
2008–
Largest accomplishment was my first proper webdev website, where I learnt, used and succeeded at PHP. Good memories.
2008–2009
Starting web application programming with php. Found out that i wrote some really bad scripts. still use it for simple shell scripts, cron jobs...
2008–
2008
Did a very brief spike in it for some DB change request web page, but decided to look into Grails instead.
2008–
My bread and butter, use it at work, home and uni.
2008–
2008–
Wrote a web store for a friend. Nasty, nasty spaghetti code. I've since learned to respect this language, despite its failings and quirks.
2008
Quickly realized that I dislike this language.
2008–
2008–
Taught this to myself between jobs.
2008–
Learned it myself because I absolutely hated ASP .net with C# and its stateful pages schtick and I had to do some web services homework or something. It sucks, but when you can't use a better language it gets the job done IMO. (A little story: a friend of mine took PHP web development... and he's a marketing student who knew zilch about computers. Somehow he managed to pull it with 70% ^^)
2008–
2008
Everything is in a global namespace? Grrr...
2008
2009–
2009–
Use it to make dynamic web pages and web interfaces
2009–
technically i have not actually used this; i have however, tutored it and wrote stuff in it for hackday which ended up not getting used.
2009–
Learnt it as part of a work placement and have used it for 1 university project. Its rather similar to Bash in syntax and needs a decent IDE and better documented libraries to increase appeal in the corporate world.
2009–
Just for freelances
2009–
Has to use in a hobby project. Avoiding if possible. Too prevalent on hosting sites to avoid completely.
2009
Barring Brainfuck, PHP is the worst language I have ever used. Everything about its implementation, core libraries, and community standards drips idiocy and willful ignorance. The world will be a better place when the last PHP programmer dies, likely from shame.
2009–
winchester mystery language
2009–
2009–
2009–2011
2009–
2010–
2011–
2011–
2013–2014
Ugly and frustrating to work with.
Started my Web development with this.

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