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posted by janrinok on Wednesday November 24, @04:16AM   Printer-friendly
from the striking-fear-into-chromas dept.

PHP Foundation Announced

The PHP Foundation has been announced as an entity for funding the work of developing the PHP language.

For more information regarding the structure and purpose of the foundation, please check out the blog post at:

This seems to be sparked by Nikita Popov, one of the main contributers to the language, switching focus to LLVM:

Nikita is leaving JetBrains as of December 1 and will spend significantly less time on PHP. As sad as it is to see him go, we congratulate Nikita and wish him every success in his new journey!

[...] In May 2021, right after Joe Watkins published his Avoiding Busses blog post, we started discussing the idea of a PHP Foundation. It's not something new and has been floating around for a long time.

[...] We were proceeding rather leisurely, thinking that the problem was not critical. However, Nikita's decision forced us to intensify our work on the foundation.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 24, @03:26PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 24, @03:26PM (#1199215)

    With the projected donations from all the participating companies so far, we expect to raise about $300,000 per year. JetBrains intends to contribute $100,000 annually.

    We expect to be able to pay market salaries to PHP core developers. The more we collect, the more developers will be able to work full-time on PHP.

    So basically 2 developers, and a manager, because you have to pay benefits and withholding taxes. Or 50 developers in India.

    No wonder they left to work on LLVM - there's not really any money long term for developers working on advancing the php language.

    And then there's the requirement to agree to the code of conduct. Hello bureaucrats, goodbye productivity.

    Looks like all the scripting languages are hitting peak inefficiency. Actually, all languages. Even c/c++ hasn't been immune to larding unnecessary shit on the core.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by PiMuNu on Wednesday November 24, @05:05PM

    by PiMuNu (3823) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday November 24, @05:05PM (#1199234)

    > Even c/c++ hasn't been immune to larding unnecessary shit on the core.

    C seems to be stable AFAICT. C++ developments seem to be about 50 % useful, 50 % crud.

    Code written even a few years ago will no longer compile with a modern version of g++ - I realise this is the compiler not the language, but it is a problem nonetheless.