>From: "blincoln" <email@example.com>
>nice rant on gpl versus BSD/apache licenses :) thanks. I can't
>post to the list still :\ so I just write to you, feel free to forward on.
>On PHP, PHP has some of the best documentation available
>for their library code. I wish other systems had similar documentation.
>There are a lot of things that can be improved on it, but the simple ideas
>1) An entry field at the top of every page, if you type the name of a
>function, it jumps you to that page. if you type in a non reserved word
>it does a search (unfortunately their latest revision has shitty search
>results :( )
>2) context of current page down left hand side.. so if you're looking at
>the left hand index shows all the other string manipulation commands
>3) (and this is the clincher) the ability for anyone to drop comments onto
>any page in the documentation. Almost every weird quirk in the
>operation of the functions is documented with work arounds in the
>user comments. Links to example code, example code right there, etc.
>The quality of the comments are excellent. In the past, large revisions
>of the software have then folded in some of the comments back into
>the documentation, but I would do this even more than they have.
>Benefits of PHP generally:
>1) designed for web use, makes web/html systems easy to build
>2) html-default so that non programmers are less confused by the
>code and can often make changes which dont break things, much more
>so than perl or java (java requires templates to do this to any degree)
>3) similar code style to C/C++, PERL, including full perl style regex and
>posix regex, very easy to learn for someone with C/++/java experience.
>4) very easy to use web-connect tools.. the open(..) function can open
>remote FTP and HTTP connections. and treat them like a normal file
>handle. lots of stuff like this. nice.
>5) pretty damned fast
>6) multiplatform works well
>7) open source platform, free mentality
>8) commercial support available through the zend folks, i believe.
>9) no compile-step needed for fast prototyping
>*** The problems with PHP are:
>1) shitty debugging and lame variable declaration system which
>leads to serious disease in large systems. Becomes difficult to
>maintain as projects grow.
>2) single inheritance classes
>3) code style not the same as any other language, so you get to learn
>a new one, hurray! most similar to C++ perhaps.
>4) no compile step in freeware version (I think that a commercial add on
>gives compile-ability ?)
>5) other weak script-like programming issues. java has exceptions, lots of
>nicely crafted language elements. PHP is a lot looser and feels like
>it will become extremely unweildy in multi-developer, large projects. The
>largest project I've done so far in PHP has been probably 30,000 lines
>with 2 developers and the debugging got pretty hairy. We had to develop
>our own stack-trace and other debugging systems to keep things running
>over time. I'm glad I'm not working on it anymore :)
>anyway, just thought id pass those along, im sure there's more to say
>on the subject,
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