Marco Tabini asks “Is PHP running out of itches to scratch?”

April 11, 2011


If you’ve been around the PHP community for any length of time, you have probably heard the name Marco Tabini. He’s been around for quite a while and is usually pretty visible either through his publishing efforts, the conferences he puts on, or his personal blog where he stirs the pot a bit every now and then. Today is obviously a pot-stirring day.

Today he released a post on his blog titled “Is PHP running out of itches to scratch?”. In it he discusses the fact that work on the PHP core has slowed down but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

I think it’s fair to say that the pace at which PHP core is being developed has slowed down considerably over the past couple of years, while the development of many projects based on it, like programming and application frameworks, has sped up and continue to grow at a fast pace.

But this doesn’t mean that we’re running out of steam. The PHP ecosystem is simply refocusing outside of core, where it has a lot more freedom of action.

Marco’s post is in response to a post I wrote recently, a link to which you can find in his post if you read it carefully.

PHP isn’t going anywhere, but it is obvious that things are slowly refocusing. Click on through to Marco’s post, read it and leave your thoughts. Conversations are always more enlightening than just blog posts and sometimes more entertaining.

Did I mention that Marco is my business partner in Blue Parabola? It hardly seems worth mentioning, but I’ll put it here in case you think it’s relevant.

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PC's. For the past 10 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is currently based in Nashville, TN and is gainfully unemployed as the Chief Marketing Officer of Blue Parabola, LLC. Cal is happily married to wife 1.28, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at and is the founder and host of Day Camp 4 Developers

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