PHP maintains an enormous lead in server-side programming languages

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The venerable web programming language PHP is often a source of complaints and desperation, but according to a report good W3Tech released today, looks like it won’t go away anytime soon.

W3Tech’s Web Server Survey looks for technologies used by sites on Alexa’s top 10 million list; Today’s report includes a year-over-year chart beginning January 2010, which runs through to 2021. The survey includes only the top sites that are not excluded from the elite category, but as part of an effort to avoid data-skewing returns from domain-parking. services and spammers, who would heavily dominate otherwise legitimate websites.

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Within that dataset, the story told is clear. Aside from PHP — which had a 72.5 percent share in 2010 and holds 78.9 percent as of today — only one other server-side language has ever broken that 10 percent share. That one competitor is ASP.NET, which had an impressive 24.4 percent share in 2010, but dropped to 9.3 percent in January and 8.3 percent this month.

Among small fry, the only really impressive growth may be seen in Ruby—which is seeing sustained, uninterrupted growth this month at 5.2 percent in a W3Tech survey. This may come as a shock if you are mostly familiar with Ruby on Rails, which itself remains viable but seems Downfall in popularity.

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There doesn’t seem to be a clear contender for PHP to worry about W3Tech’s consequences, either—the drastic decline of ASP.NET over the years hasn’t led to significant growth in PHP or any other single language.

In all likelihood, most “missing” ASP.NET sites already include some PHP – resulting in one site being counted twice in W3Tech’s results, while other languages ​​on ASP.NET services as silently or none at all. doesn’t have an effect. to demote

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