PHP Does Not Suck
one of the major strengths of the web is that it auto-encapsulates code behind URLs. That's part of its magic, and PHP takes advantage of it. Everything is request-oriented, short-lived, and stateless. A PHP script is like an object itself, encapsulating a bit of functionality behind an interface defined by HTTP. It's one of the most effective paradigms for software devlopment in history. The platforms that win on the web are those that mirror its fundamental structure, not those that try to morph it into a more traditional "elegant" shape.