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Why do we need all these anti-php rants? I get the distinct impression that the authors of posts like this one have quit using PHP a few versions back and now that they feel all superior with their new found language they need to publish a work that secures their ego. Here are some facts (I found very few in Jeff's post by the way): A low barrier of entry is not a bad thing. Read Ian Landsman's blog post where he mentions his 60 year old dad hobbying with PHP: Can you easily tell a friend or new developer how to deploy a Python, Java, or Rails app? As for the argument of "terrible tutorials" on the web there are also thousands of great ones due to the high availability of PHP. Choose a reputable teacher. PHP has changed since V4. I know, quite a shocker for those of you that left a few years ago. It's now OOP. It has closures. Yay! There is such a thing as beautiful PHP code. Check out the frameworks and Wordpress is popular due to it's early start. It is *not* a good representative of a PHP CMS. There's a number of well coded CMSs out there. is one such non-spaghetti PHP CMS. PHP has momentum, JavaScript has momentum. jQuery did wonders for JavaScript. There is nothing wrong with sticking with a language that has momentum and using tools to make you write great code.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2012 on The PHP Singularity at Coding Horror
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