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They were really sold on it and just couldn't grasp why there would be any problems. Another PHP outfit I visited a few months ago used for for shell type scripting but PHP for their sites. They thought that perl would be too hard..
It does show that large software projects are hard and require decent programmers and a real language, not self-trained html 'programmers' and a toy language like PHP or ASP.
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I'm currently rewriting a PHP application in Perl at work. Magically appearing variables and lack of namespaces have been getting on my nerves, too.
Although you may only be able to pry Perl from my cold, dead hands, I've found PHP suitable for smaller apps. I'm currently writing a PHP front end for XML-RPC server. Although I think PHP leaves much to be desired, it's far from the worst web programming system I've used. That honor goes to the Lovecraftian horror know as ASP/VBScript.
As long as strictly front-end display tasks are deligated to PHP, it's a fine system. It's when users try to encode crazy business logic in PHP that teh suck begins. Gi
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