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hex (3272)

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Perl, RDF and wiki hacker, London, UK. This is my former Perl blog; I now write at Earle's Notebook [].

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Wednesday November 01, 2006
06:29 AM

Microsoft funding PHP development on Windows

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Just saw this on Slashdot: Microsoft forges ties with open source maker Zend.

"Bill Hilf, a Microsoft technical strategist, said the Zend deal, a multiyear, multiphase partnership, will ensure PHP programs run on past and future versions of Microsoft Web server software."

Is it just me, or is the likelihood of a similar thing happening for Perl extremely unlikely, even though PHP, like Perl, has its roots in the *nix world? Why do you think that is?

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  • There's no-one for Microsoft to do a deal with. Zend is the corporate face of PHP & if Perl had a similar company involved (Activestate doesn't count) then a similar deal could be done.

    Whether that would be a good idea is left as an exercise for the reader !

    • Does it have to be corporate? How about the Perl Foundation?
      • How much does the Perl Foundation spend on marketing ?

        That's what this deal is really about I reckon, it's a marketing ploy to make Windows more attractive for web serving.

    • Microsoft did [] do a deal with Activestate with regards to Perl on Windows way back in 1999.