Respondents said they preferred PHP because it was easy to learn and also could be deployed quickly. Seventy-two percent said the language was easily absorbed while 68 per cent found it faster to get things done.
Sixty-three percent found the open-source nature of the language to be a plus.
However, the survey found that there was a need for professionalisation within the corporate PHP development environment, with regard to bug-tracking, application-level monitoring and automation of core development functions.
The survey, the second after one that was conducted in 2011, found that at least 63 per cent expected a varying number of applications they developed to be deployed to the cloud environment. This was slightly up, by two per cent, over the first survey.
Ten per cent of the developers expected all their applications to be deployed in the cloud, either private or public.
Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed were found to be using cloud-based services or APIs as part of the applications they were designing.
With regard to the level of sophistication and automation in development processes, the survey found that some four-fifths were using PHP 5.3, the most recent version until just before the survey. Only 14 per cent were using versions older than 5.2.
And while version 5.4 was released only recently, three-quarters of those surveyed indicated that they were either using it or intended doing so within the next six months or a year.