PHP has long been the cornerstone of the web, with the programming language running on servers used by a huge number of websites.
|C# / .NET||19%|
|Python (Django, Flask, etc.)||19%|
|Ruby (on Rails or otherwise)||10%|
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“Node.js continues to see it’s popularity grow on every continent and in a very broad set of use cases due to its flexibility and utility for a wide variety of use cases”, it stated, with web apps being the most popular use case, followed by enterprise apps.
That dual-use is borne out by the surveys, with almost one third of developers saying they used PHP alongside Node.js in the 2018 Node.js user survey, while respondents to the Vue.js survey also reported using a variety of languages at the backend.
It’s also likely true that the majority of the world’s websites still run on PHP, given its use for hugely popular Content Management Systems (CMS) such as Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. That legacy of a huge number of sites running on PHP means demand for developers with PHP skills is unlikely to dry up anytime soon.
But the signs are there that a gradual transition away from PHP on the web may be continuing to take place.