Building Command-Line Applications with PHP

[ Thanks to Lee
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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