The Oracle Technology Network has a friendly article on PHP:
"Remember the heady days of HTML version 1.0 to version 2.0, when mastering a new Web language was as simple as looking at the code behind a Web site? Remember the ease of learning that came with basic HTML? Remember being able to hack out some code, quickly view the presentation as your wrote it, and if it didn't work, being able to easily change the HTML code? No IDEs, no Objects and Classes. Just a text editor, some tags, and your own cleverness. Talk about fast and cost-effective!
Those days may not be gone forever. That "keep-it-simple" spirit lives on in PHP, a Web scripting language that has surged in popularity over recent years."