This year PHP turned 25 and, as with all things, the hope is that with age comes
wisdom and maturity. Often derided as a great way to write bad (and
insecure) code, PHP is hard to ignore completely when it is used in nearly
eight out of ten
websites. With PHP 7.4.5 released in
April, it's worthwhile to take a
look at modern PHP, how it has evolved to address the criticisms of the
past, and what lies ahead in its future.