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Saturday July 03, 2004
12:39 PM

Language Wars redux(n+1)

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Friendster has switched from Java to PHP, with flamage following. Why PHP Scales - A Cranky, Snarky Answer is surprisingly level-headed, and more language neutral than the response's title suggests. Both are worth skimming; the first to set up the all-too-familar pattern of "If you couldn't make X work with my favorite technology, then you're no good," "Yes we are, we had experts," "No you aren't/your experts are not good," blah blah blah; the second for a bit sanity.

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  • The phrase "not scalable" is quickly becoming a lame argument against a programming language in the way that "unintuitive" is a lame argument against a windowing system. It usually means absolutely nothing and betrays a smug sense of self-satisfaction that really ought to stay private.

    I miss the days when people argued against indenting because fewer tokens meant faster compiles. Now it's slightly less obvious which people never to take seriously again.

  • Jack Herrington had his own opinion [onjava.com] on the matter back in November.

    I agree with George's assessment. The bottlenecks are never the language - it's the SQL, or the algorithm, or the network.