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I think some critics of PHP are missing the point. If the purpose of a software development environment is to ease the creation of software that solves peoples problems then PHP is a solid environment. Perfect no. Solid yes. In effect the marketplace has spoken. This is similar to the discussion technology analysts made when the iPhone was first released. Many of them promptly declared the iPhone, and then the iPad, dead on arrival. The problem was that the marketplace and the analysts were defining different criteria for "good". Analysts were looking at features while users were interested in solving day to day communications problems. Personally I still think that Pascal is one of the better languages I have used to create programs but when I needed to select a programming language for a business I was building I chose PHP, not because of its syntax, or structure, or support for objects, or computational performance, or (lack of ) support of multi-threaded code, but because as an environment -- which includes the number of programmers that know how to use it -- it was the best choice at the time (2005). When evaluating technology we need to define the criteria of evaluation and ensure we are focused on the correct audience.
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