Over the last few years I have had to start building things in PHP and i must say I do see some interesting things in PHP. Mostly syntax is the biggest change but there are some functional components built in to PHP that are nice to work with. Items like mail, cURL and gd components make complicated tasks simple without server components. I do however prefer the component based functions in Microsoft technologies for performance and efficiency. Still, the industry seems to be pointed in the open source direction for a wide variety of personal and commercial roles.