Will PHP reliance change

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1 year 10 months ago #174783 by gorp
Hi,
I am not an expert in coding/programming at all; but I've heard from several sources that PHP is on its way out and that PHP, in a near future (2 years or so?), will not be well supported and that it will involve different security risks to use etc.

What is the Limesurvey community's thoughts about this?

Will the Limesurvey code eventually be changed to another programming language; and in that case which one might that be?

Thoughts about these questions are much appreciated.
Kind Regards,
Gorp
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1 year 10 months ago #174796 by DenisChenu
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I'm not the lead dev, but ask the same thing to wordpress, drupal, spip, phpBB, mybb, … … …
And do a simple search of anything related to webon github : look at Languages

When one leave PHP or are really replaced , i answer again …

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1 year 10 months ago #174804 by LouisGac
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PHP 5 will not be supported in the coming 2 years. It was time.
PHP 7 will be then the minimal requirement, even for LimeSurvey.
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1 year 10 months ago #174820 by DenisChenu
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LouisGac wrote: PHP 5 will not be supported in the coming 2 years. It was time.
PHP 7 will be then the minimal requirement, even for LimeSurvey.

gorp didn't say PHP5, but all PHP version ;)

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1 year 10 months ago #174891 by holch
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PHP was the rising star a few years ago. Then suddenly Ruby on Rails was hip (haven't heard much about Ruby lately though).

I think Denis is right, with such important tools like Wordpress, Drupal, MediaWiki, Matomoto (the application formerly known as Piwik), etc. I don't see an end for PHP within the next 5-10 years. Might there be other applications that allow better, quicker, cheaper implementation of web apps? Sure, probably for many application there already are. However, keep in mind that it is not always the theoretically best technology that is successful, but the one that most people support. PHP has a huge base of applications/frameworks/examples and most important a abundant number of developers. So I don't think that PHP will die within the next couple of years.

But as Lous says, the versions of PHP supported will of course change. For a software like Limesurvey (or Wordpress or Drupal) it would propably mean that the application dies if you would have to change the whole code base to a new programming language. We have seen the results of trying to completely rewrite LS from core for a new release.

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