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Saturday November 03, 2001
05:44 PM

PHP Book

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Yes! It's finally in tech review. Well, half of it is. We have a kick-ass chapter on writing extensions from Rasmus (he's the only one who could write it, and he said he spent a lot of time tweaking the code base to make the chapter accurate!). I'm much happier about the book now than when I took it on many months ago.

I've learned a lot about PHP. Mostly that it's almost definitely harder to write maintainable PHP than it is to write maintainable Perl.

On that subject, I join Matt in disagreeing with Elliotte Rusty Harold on the subject of maintainable Perl. I am at the stage now when I can follow most Perl code just by reading it cold. So long, of course, as it's properly formatted and the variable and subroutine names are meaningful, and there are comments. This doesn't seem much different from a Java programmer being able to follow Java code so long as it's not intentionally obfuscated. I totally don't buy that Perl is inherently less readable than Java. I guess that same old crap is impossible to kill. grumble