Andi Gutmans, the founder of Zend Technologies, one of the leading names in PHP, has said that he sees Microsoft’s .NET platform and not J2EE, now rebranded Java EE, as a principal competitor to PHP.
Gutmans also says that “Unlike other languages, which are general purpose language and then adopted to work on the Web, PHP is only meant for the Web.” Andi works on the PHP core and the Zend Engine, and is a member of PHP Group.
The article goes on to give some impressive PHP stats:
Like Java, PHP also celebrated its 10th birthday in 2005
* More than 22 million domains currently use PHP
44 percent of all surveyed Apache servers were running PHP