PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) is moving beyond hobbyist and academic realms and into the enterprise, the CEO of Zend Technologies said during a keynote presentation at the recent 2008 Zend/PHP Conference in Santa Clara, California.
Citing a list of enterprise users of the server-side scripting platform, Zend CEO Harold Goldberg said PHP has "grown up to be a mainstay enterprise language".
It is "poised for widespread enterprise adoption", said Goldberg, whose company specialises in PHP tools.
"The community, the market, the partners, the ecosystems have never been better," he said.
Job growth in the enterprise also is on the horizon. In the next five years, 40 percent of PHP jobs will be in the corporate environment, said Goldberg. During the next five to ten years, most business applications will move to a browser, presenting opportunities for PHP, he said.
"We've gone well beyond LAMP," he said.
He also suggested renaming Silicon Valley to "Open Source Valley", since it has become home for prominent open source ventures such as SugarCRM and Zend.