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By: Cal Evans

Thu, 07 Feb 2008 17:30:53 +0000

Hi Ester! Thanks again for writing. I've read your article and overall it's a very good piece. However, I think you and Ken are truly missing the point on the PHP complaints. I know a lot of PHP developers, almost every one of us are multi-discipline developers. None of us think that PHP, or any other language for that matter, is the answer to every question. Your insistence that we provide you with a bullet list of when we would not use PHP is a bit of a straw man...but I will respond on your blog today with my list. The problem with your PHP article is simply this. It is not, as you say, an opinion piece. It is factually wrong. Ken vacillates between insulting:
Prototyping an application that will be converted to Java or some other language.
to slanderous:
and detractors claim that it has somehow been crippled in order to prompt users into purchasing the Zend Optimizer.
To outright "incorrect":
In general you should not use PHP: Where data security is of high importance.
These are not presented as "opinions" but as facts from an authority. All this to an audience that trusts you to present correct facts. In all of your postings, you've called us fanbois, Ken has dismissed us as irrelevant because we only have a hammer so everything is a nail. What neither of you have done is corrected the article or apologized to the community for the insult. That is what we are upset about. Again, I will extend an offer to you. If you want a knowledgeable and balanced article, as an Editor myself, I can help you find an actual expert in PHP. I know people who can help your readers understand the tool for what it is, when to use it and when not to;all without insulting the community and without lying to your readers. Thanks again for writing, =C=

By: Esther Schindler

Thu, 07 Feb 2008 13:46:07 +0000

You think so, Stefan? I don't see that from the evidence of the comments. It's one thing to disagree with the author -- that's gonna happen -- but another to fail to say, "Look, if CIOs reading this want to know PHP's _real_ strengths and weaknesses, here's my list." But nope. So I wrote about it... In response to the other note: our Drupal is heavily customized, so it's difficult to upgrade. In any case, I try to stay out of the developer's hair, so he doesn't tell me how to write articles.

By: Maciek Iwanowski

Thu, 31 Jan 2008 16:29:55 +0000

Regarding security - their drupal is a bit ancient ( 4.7.11 was released earlier this week.

By: Jim

Thu, 31 Jan 2008 15:14:02 +0000

Where can I buy Zend Optimizer? I can only find places to download it for free ;) The CIO article, if you can call it that, was clearly written by an person who knew little about their stuff. It's a shame, it could have been a pretty darn good series.

By: Cal Evans

Thu, 31 Jan 2008 14:24:29 +0000

Good morning Ester! First, thanks for writing. Second, I cannot craft a better reply to your comment than Stefan's. (Great job Stefan) As an Editor myself, I do understand your position and offer this olive branch, the next time you want to write about PHP, if you will contact me, I will help you find an author who understands the language. =C=