Why PHP is so much more popular for web-development

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Wed Jul 25 23:52:44 CEST 2007

Carsten Haese wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-07-25 at 10:42 -0700, walterbyrd wrote:
>> "Once you start down the Dark path, forever will it dominate your
>> desiny. Consume you, it will."
>> - Yoda
>> I'm fairly new to web-development, and I'm trying out different
>> technologies. Some people wonder why PHP is so popular, when the
>> language is flawed in so many ways. To me, it's obvious: it's because
>> it's much easier to get started with PHP, and once somebody gets
>> started with a particular language, that person is likely to stay with
>> that language.
> That's a major reason, yes.
> What exactly could Python learn from PHP? PHP is a one-trick pony. It
> was designed for web applications. People claim they write desktop
> applications in PHP, but I don't believe them.
> Python is more powerful and offers a lot more choices. In order for
> Python to become more like PHP, somebody would have to make One True Way
> of developing web applications in Python, and that's never going to
> happen.
> Just my two cents,
I had a client who produced AJAX-based electronic cash registers. For 
the second generation of their technology they decided to use some 
bastardized version of PHP with GUI capabilities bolted on. At that 
point we parted company. I literally couldn't help them.

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