Drupal is important and there is no doubt about it. The United States government has adopted Drupal to the highest level. Obviously moving to the other functionalities, the new language would be a herculean task; but what if the new language is the version of the old language. What if Drupal dumped PHP and began working on its own version?
Here are some of the reasons to use Drupal instead of PHP
Improved development process: Core Drupal developers do understand the large-scale high distributed software development. With some research, it was found that the new methodologies laid out for the Drupal 8 in the same way PHP is developed.
PHP’s methodology is the choice made by the core developers. It is generally boon for them and results are amazing. Many individuals are quite used to with this process over the years as it gives kind of stability. In the IRC discussion, it was revealed that in the keynote Dries announced that the process that the stability of PHP is now broken and proposed a new system that will keep the pace of development and also ensured that they are moving in the right direction.
Many PHP developers do not compile PHP manually. On Linux, however, it is not that much difficult. You can easily make some instance of PHP that is customized for your server while poking around. You can make the use of modules. As soon as the modules are moved into the core, it is harder to remove them just in case if you do not need. If Drupal forked PHP, you can remove everything you don’t need. This would result into smaller binary as there are fewer features in it and fewer ways to compromise.
Tighter integration between language and application
After removing all the modules for PHP Drupal modules are added. These modules would take the selected pieces of Drupal core and move them to language itself. As of such, it would not benefit with the speed but the parts that are processor intensive would benefit from the speed of C. Very selective integration of Drupal language into the base language would provide speed improvements not available in any other way.
Nobody has suggested that Drupal community should fork PHP. The loss to Drupal and a Drupal community would far overweigh the loss to the PHP community. However, this article may pause you with the hope to think for a minute regarding Drupal. Given that Drupal developers don’t consider themselves PHP developers, the only problem would be migrating hosts to the new version of the language. That is not so much a problem as it is a business opportunity.