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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • 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. Give PHP a try. You'll laugh at doing string comparisons like this :

    <?php
       if (strcmp(foo, "jjohn") == 0) {
          echo "Yeah man!"
       }
    ?>

    PHP is a dynamic language that uses clumsy C mechanism for string handling. Bizaare.

    In short, I would be happy to work with PHP again for small, GUI things. However, PHP is quite easy to abuse. It's even more poorly suited for larger projects that (critics of Perl claim) Perl is.