It has been a long time coming for me to switch out of PHP for my main programming language. I have been working with PHP for years and have grown tired of the limitations/issues. It has been hard for me to convert, being that there are always jobs for PHP programmers out there and I gotta eat! For me, the aggravation coming with working with PHP has forced me to switch.
Why do you hate PHP?
I don't hate PHP at all. The language itself has many advantages like a great community, numerous libraries (although how many different MVC frameworks can you have?), great documentation, and ease of entry. There are libraries to connect PHP to virtually every database, REST API, or other third party software. These are all reasons I began using the language in the first place.
PHP is supported on virtually every web hosting company on the planet, making PHP a useful skill to have. There are some great open source frameworks and apps like WordPress, Zend, Joomla and too many others to list.
Why no more PHP? First, I should probably clarify that I will continue to use PHP as many of the projects I'm working on still use PHP. However, there are many quirks about PHP that have been bothering me. I won't go into detail because I will not be saying anything new about the subject. If you want to read the most epic of rants on PHP issues, see this post.