PHP 5.3 Adoption: Some Numbers

Posted by Stuart Herbert on January 30th, 2010 in Conferences, Toolbox.

Last year, I ran a series of polls via Twitter to try and learn a bit more about your plans to move to PHP 5.3, and whether or not you actually followed through. A huge thank you to everyone who voted!

I’m not talking at any conferences this year, so I’ve published the planned PHP 5.3 adoption talk online for anyone who’s interested in what the PHP user community told us via these polls. As well as the raw data, I’ve included an analysis of what the data might mean, and some talking points about what the PHP Group might want to do differently when PHP 6 (or PHP 5.4 if there is one) is released.

You can find the talk online at Slideshare, along with all of my older talks. I hope you find it useful and informative.

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  4. Herman Radtke says:
    January 30th, 2010 at 5:51 am

    I think the lack of minor releases is hurting adoption. We have been waiting on more stability before moving to 5.3. It seems the 5.2 branch has a regular release cycle. I wish the same would happen for 5.3 too.

  5. Herman Radtke says:
    January 30th, 2010 at 5:51 am

    I think the lack of minor releases is hurting adoption. We have been waiting on more stability before moving to 5.3. It seems the 5.2 branch has a regular release cycle. I wish the same would happen for 5.3 too.

  6. Jordi Boggiano says:
    January 30th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I think the main problem you have using twitter and blog posts, is the demographics. You effectively only reach people that care, which clearly shows in your “4% of people are relying on their hoster” imo. There is an huge amount of people that do not realize which PHP version they use until some php application installer rants saying they have an old version I’m sure. Interesting nonetheless, but I’m not sure how relevant it is in the end.

  7. Jordi Boggiano says:
    January 30th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I think the main problem you have using twitter and blog posts, is the demographics. You effectively only reach people that care, which clearly shows in your “4% of people are relying on their hoster” imo. There is an huge amount of people that do not realize which PHP version they use until some php application installer rants saying they have an old version I’m sure. Interesting nonetheless, but I’m not sure how relevant it is in the end.

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  10. CpILL says:
    January 31st, 2010 at 11:21 am

    its interesting that there was no survey of the top 5-10 PHP applications to see if they can use 5.3 immediately or how long the plan to take before adoption. Systems like WordPress or Drupal for example, the later forced me to downgrade to 5.2 after I discovered that a lot of functionality just broke with 5.3. 🙁

  11. Stuart Herbert says:
    January 31st, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    @CpILL This is indeed one of the points I made in my presentation. We don’t yet understand why folks were unhappy with PHP 5.3, and (other than being held hostage by the Linux distros) why the vast majority felt they couldn’t adopt PHP 5.3 at this time. There’s definitely more research required.

  12. CpILL says:
    January 31st, 2010 at 11:21 am

    its interesting that there was no survey of the top 5-10 PHP applications to see if they can use 5.3 immediately or how long the plan to take before adoption. Systems like WordPress or Drupal for example, the later forced me to downgrade to 5.2 after I discovered that a lot of functionality just broke with 5.3. 🙁

  13. Stuart Herbert says:
    January 31st, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    @CpILL This is indeed one of the points I made in my presentation. We don’t yet understand why folks were unhappy with PHP 5.3, and (other than being held hostage by the Linux distros) why the vast majority felt they couldn’t adopt PHP 5.3 at this time. There’s definitely more research required.

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