Keith Adams outlines PHP's strengths and Facebook's attempts at remedying the inconsistencies and misfeatures in the core language.
Keith Adams is a Virtual Machinist at Facebook. He is one of the initial designers and implementers of HHVM, the open source PHP JIT that runs Facebook's front-end. Through a series of mostly fortunate events, Keith became a founding member of The I-can't-believe-I'm-a-PHP-advocate Club. Before working at Facebook, Keith worked on VMware's virtual machine monitor.
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Taking PHP Seriously ? Seriously ?
Dominique De Vito
But PHP does not have (out of the box) the "typing" insurance and the performance of the Java platform.
If you use PHP, you can't PhoneGap build your HTML.
I recommend pure HTML (and call API/CORS). (Same is true of ASP, etc.). Pure HTML!