PHP vs. Python/comp.lang.php?

stephen cox stephen at stephencox.org
Fri Nov 23 06:08:06 CET 2001


> 2. I also need something practical to get away from the borg; I made
> a big mistake during the 1990s and moved from Clipper to Visual Basic,

MS's new .NET Framework is impressive. And believe it or not it works. And
you can use Python as you lang of choice if you prefer. Also supported are
J#, C#, C, Cobol, and of course VB (ASP w/VB. No more VBA). Another shocker
is that the Framework is available for free. And MS is porting it to Linux
and FreeBSD. Also you do not need Visual Studio (which is crap. Even the new
one). I use Dreamweaver for design work, and do my scripting in ASP, or PHP
depending on the job. I'm also learning Python.. and plan to use Python to
replace PHP and ASP.

Oh, I too made the same mistake moving from xBase (Fox, dBase, Clipper) to
VB and regret it. Although FoxPro was acquired by MS a few years ago, they
still treat it like a step child. It's the best damn desktop DBMS in the
world. And the play it down all the time.

--
Stephen Cox
web.net geek for non-profits, political campaigns, and a few socially
conscious businesses.
stephen at stephencox.org



"Todd Boyle" <tboyle at NoSMAProsehill.net> wrote in message
news:3bfe9816.152519843 at news.cortland.com...
> I am an amateur at programming and I have almost the same questions.
>
> My questions are:
>
> 1. PHP is attractive to me because after playing aroudn with it a
> short while I was able to implement my own simple stuff, and some
> other PHP applications from open source.   Also--the leading
> independent webledger in my industry is Intacct (not connection to
> me) and it's written in PHP, which proves this is a very capable
> system.
>
> 2. I also need something practical to get away from the borg; I made
> a big mistake during the 1990s and moved from Clipper to Visual Basic,
> which is a great platform but they churn the hell out of it, and
> nothing you can write will ever be an asset to the programmer for
> longer than 1-2 years.  So I am using Python for day-2-day little
> programming tasks...
>
> But, what is the best way to build web-based database applications
> like accounting systems, on Python?   i.e. what is the equivalent
> of ASP pages or PHP pages or JSP pages, for Python??   Shouldn't
> we be learning THAT instead of PHP???
>
> Todd Boyle www.gldialtone.com
>
>
>
> On Thu, 22 Nov 2001 06:17:46 -0000, "the Spinning Spider"
> <theSpinningSpider at HotMail.Com> wrote:
>
> >I'm finding learning Java is quite a tough challenge, like wading through
a
> >swamp.  So I'm exploring PHP and Python as possible alternatives.
> >
> >I notice there doesn't seem to be much mention about PHP by Python people
> >whenever they mention other languages,
> >e.g.,see http://www.python.org/doc/Comparisons.html.
> >
> >Or is it because PHP is incomparable against Python?
> >
> >Could it be the news servers I have access to, or is there no
comp.lang.php
> >newsgroup?  Is PHP too insignificant?
> >
> >Will Python be too intellectually challenging, like Java?
> >
>





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