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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I don't really see why this is bad (feel free to show me the errors of my ways, heh). Why should whether PHP behaves like Perl have any bearing on its merits as a language? I'm always happy to listen to the arguments against PHP, and there are some good ones, but this seems a bit trivial to me.

    In addition, PHP's implementation makes more sense in this case, especially since it is consistent with other PHP functions. If explode() returns an array, I can be confident that I always get an array, and the eleme

      • I'm always happy to listen to the arguments against PHP...

      And, I'm willing to listen to arguments for PHP. What does PHP buy you that you can't get with things like plp [juerd.nl] or the various templating systems?

      I've never done any PHP myself, but those I know who have used it are constantly frustrated by the limitations and often resort to Perl on the backend. Why have two languages? The maintenance and support nightmares multiply in that kind of environment, from what I can see.

      Maybe PHP had a place once up

      • I'm not one to ever argue for PHP over mod_perl or the other way around. To me, both are winners, and you should go with what you're familiar with. My arguments against languages involve all of the stuff that begins with J and all of the stuff made by Microsoft. :-)

        Here are some reasons why PHP is so popular (mod_perl shares some but not all of these features):

        1. It's an open source, server-side scripting language made for creating Web applications.
        2. The syntax is very similar to C, so for many programmers,