At least here in Brasil there is one reason: php programmers are much more cheaper and easier to hire than Perl hackers.
Of course I prefer Perl, and if you have 10 years on it, probably you´ve worked with CGI, HTML, etc., so won´t have any problems learning php.
I think that you boss like php beacuse it is a fashion language nowadays, he read about it on the papers and think it´s a good thing. Managers...
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