Is PHP the redheaded stepchild of Web Development?
In defense of poor old PHP! The language everyone loves to hate … but so many still uses!
Each language has its’ strengths and weaknesses. So the one you choose is largely a personal thing. That said, the stats don’t lie, most of the dynamic Web runs on PHP.
If any Ruby, Java or Python zealot fundamentalist attack, just mention that Facebook is PHP based. Game, set and match.