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Building Command-Line Applications with PHP

Mar 13, 2012, 19:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by W. Jason Gilmore)

[ Thanks to Lee Schlesinger for this link. ]

"PHP?s prominence as the web development language continues to be incredibly strong, thanks in large part to a worldwide community of developers who contribute to popular PHP-driven projects such as Drupal, Joomla, Magento, and Zend Framework. Corporate backing is similarly strong, with global businesses such as Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft ranking among the high-profile contributors which help to further solidify PHP?s status as the world?s most popular open source web development language.

"Yet, despite its popularity, PHP has never really caught on as a multi-purpose language in the same way as contemporaries such as Perl and Python despite a powerful array of libraries capable of manipulating files, interacting with the operating system, and performing network tasks. Nevertheless, I?ve come to rely upon PHP for a wide variety of shell scripting tasks, including most recently for building carb, an open source code generator for the awesome Fat-Free Framework. You too can put your PHP knowledge to work on the command line."

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