Some point he makes is clear to me, he does not want to do “Yet Another Epic Critique of PHP” which implies he does not see much use doing so.
The chance to reform has passed.
PHP, as a tool, is broken, defect, wrong.
But unsurprisingly he suggests to create alternatives to PHP that are: Like the good parts of PHP without the bad parts – a rather profane conclusion. An alternative is an alternative. Well done Jeff, but I prefer:
A Rose is a Rose is a Rose
Jeff, you write you see a pattern over the years. But that’s all. Where is your Vision?
You come close your own to what you criticized. You just wrote another rant about PHP by ranting about that you should not rant about PHP but do something better else.
Sounds like some standard evolutionary thing, nothing revolutionary. Sounds like a reform, compromises. Those compromises everybody is tired of.
Was that all? Did those three letters P H P made you loose your spirit?
If you want to reach new developers, what about promoting – say – Python in schools, educate using Free Software in classrooms?
What is your Vision Jeff?
Edit 03 Jul ’12: Online stalking Jeff could have revealed the following picture:
The Project. pic.twitter.com/cAM5A7Qo
Read On (and on):
- The True Problem With PHP (by ircmaxell; 06 Jul 2012)
- PHP is much better than you think (by Fabien Potencier; 04 Jul 2012)
- PHP solves problems. Oh, and you can program with it too! (by NikiC; 29 Jun 2012)
- The PHP Singularity (by Jeff Atwood; 29 Jun 2012)
- PHP Sucks! But I Like It! (by ircmaxell; 10 Apr 2012)
- PHP: a fractal of bad design (by eevee ; 9 Apr 2012)