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The solution is not to pick another programming language and make it ubiquitous for web applications. Instead, improve the interface and packaging model for web applications. I Am Not a Fan of Java, but the one thing it has going for it is WAR. If you've ever tried out something like Jenkins, for example, it's as easy to run as "java jenkins.war". And if you already have a fancy web server, you just drop the file in a directory. In my opinion, standardizing on an interface (like FastCGI) between the web server and the application, plus a mechanism for packaging and deploying a complete application with its dependencies, independent of the programming language, would go a long way toward making a world where you're not forced to consider PHP. The other side of the coin is accessibility to new developers, and that's an area where each language/framework should be actively competing. Here again, redirecting some of the time and energy wasted on packaging and deploying to improving the learning curve would be a good thing.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2012 on The PHP Singularity at Coding Horror
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