I believe we truly are living in exponential times. And a lot of the big change to come has already started, but it’s still at a point where we don’t completely see the change. The little things, however, are making the biggest difference. Take, for instance, how websites are developed and how significantly it has changed in the last 5 years. Most people aren’t aware of how the Internet works, or how websites actually get built. But, the costs of development have dramatically dropped and the accessibility of learning programming or coding is incredible. As more and more people learn to communicate through computer language the exponential growth becomes more and more profound. We are truly in the midst of a tidal wave of change, both technologically and economically. And when such major change occurs it has a ripple effect on every other aspect of our lives, society and our culture. This is just the beginning.
October 8, 2016
Excerpt from Envatotuts+:
There was a period of time, not too long ago, when PHP and its community were, for lack of better words, hated. Seemingly, the headline joke of every day was one that related to how terrible PHP was. Let’s see, what new PHP-slamming blog article will be posted today?
Yes, sadly enough, the community and ecosystem simply weren’t on the same level as other modern languages.
Yes, sadly enough, the community and ecosystem simply weren’t on the same level as other modern languages. It seemed that PHP was destined to live out its dominating lifespan in the form of messy WordPress themes.
But, then, quite amazingly, things began to change – and quickly, too. Like a witch stirring the pot, innovative new projects began popping out of nowhere. Perhaps most notable of these projects was Composer: PHP’s definitive dependency manager (not unlike Ruby’s Bundler or Node’s NPM). While, in the past, PHP developers were forced to wrangle PEAR into shape (a nightmare, indeed), now, thanks to Composer, they can simply update a JSON file, and immediately pull in their desired dependency. A profiler here, a testing framework there… all in seconds!
In the crowded PHP framework world, just as CodeIgniter began to fizzle out, Taylor Otwell’s Laravel framework arose out of the ashes to become the darling of the community. With such a simple and elegant syntax, building applications with Laravel and PHP was – gasp – downright fun! Further, with version 4 of the framework leveraging Composer heavily, things finally seemed to be falling into place for the community.