PHP Programming (was JOB: LAMP Artisan)

Joshua Marsh joshua at
Thu Mar 6 13:18:12 MST 2014

On Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 11:37 AM, Levi Pearson <levipearson at> wrote:

> My issue is that we tend to get emotionally attached to technologies
> like PHP that we had success with in the past.

I agree, the zealous nature of some people and their choice of language is
a bad thing. They aren't moving on with the technology. We probably all
have a pet language (e.g. Haskell, a 20+ years old) that we may get zealous
about defending at times. I think there are far fewer zealots than there
are people who just use a language for some other reason. The pro and con
zealots tend to be more outspoken, especially on the internet, but they
don't represent the reason PHP is still trying to adapt to the modern

I don't do most of my daily programming in PHP. I have several existing PHP
applications I maintain though. Many of them are 10+ years old. It would
take several man-years to switch to another language. The people who pay
for me to program don't want to spend the time or money doing that when the
product works just fine how it is. The occasional enhancement or security
fix is cheap to do but many of them require PHP to keep up with technology.
I'm guessing there are far more many people who fit in this camp, than do
in the zealot camp. For that, I'm glad that Rasmus is still riding the
gravy-train and someone is paying him to keep working on his pet project.

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