When I read http://me.veekun.com/blog/2012/04/09/php-a-fractal-of-bad-design/, although it is ranty the things be brings up seem to be valid and not just problems with differences of opinion but a rather a lot of inconsistency and bad design. And they are numerous. Perhaps many have been fixed by now. But usually it is hard to fix bad design.
I'm a systems guy (UNIX, storage) so sure, you can dismiss what I say as ignorant. But I would much rather have a point-by-point dissection of the above posting as a way of convincing me that PHP isn't poorly designed and implemented.
And don't get me wrong, that doesn't mean it isn't also useful and wildly popular. Hell, I'd say it has its place. Everyone is free to decide what part of their data is stored in applications written in any language or on any particular technology.
But now that I've dug up the article that I think does a fair job of criticising the language, can you be useful and point out a resource that defends it at this level?