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I have been using PHP for years. I've heard all of the critiques. Many times. The most common point about them all is that they have not evolved over the years. People that hate PHP have been hating it for years and they still have PHP 4 in mind. It's a bit like saying Java is horrible by thinking about applets or J2EE. The language has evolved since. It is possible to write beautiful code in PHP. Just look in the direction of Symfony2 and Doctrine2. Sure there are quirks, but there are some in every language. Just unit test your code and you won't have bad surprises. There is plenty of truly horrible PHP code out there. But there are a bunch of truly pathetic programmers too, and they happen to share their code. No language is going to make novice programmers write good code. The language might make it look good, but any good programmer with experience in the language can point it out. Don't like PHP? Don't use it. Unlike JavaScript, it is not imposed on you.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2012 on The PHP Singularity at Coding Horror
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