2009-07-25

popularity of PHP & Python

PHP is popular because it is geared for the server-side web scripting lang, and simpler and easy to use, than popular free alternatives at the time (such as Perl and Java's JSP).

Python became popular primarily because its ease-to-read syntax.

Btween the two, PHP is much easier to use, and much a pleasure to program in. Python is a pain in the ass.

PHP is functional. The language is not elegant, lots of inconsistancies. However, it's a joy to use for any practical task in its web scripting field. PHP has one of the best documentation among open source computer languages, i'd say top 5.

Python is a twist, with half-assed lambda, a culty community thinking "computer science R us", and it has this OOP obsession. The Guido guy do not understand functional programing, but has the pleasure to actitively badmouth it.

References:

• Language, Purity, Cult, and Deception
http://xahlee.org/UnixResource_dir/writ/lang_purity_cult_deception.html

• What Languages to Hate
http://xahlee.org/UnixResource_dir/writ/language_to_hate.html

• Lambda in Python 3000
http://xahlee.org/perl-python/python_3000.html

• Python Documentation Problems
http://xahlee.org/perl-python/python_doc_index.html

• Examples Of Quality Documentation In The Computing Industry
http://xahlee.org/perl-python/quality_docs.html

• Xah's Perl and Python Tutorial
http://xahlee.org/perl-python/index.html

• Xah's PHP Tutorial
http://xahlee.org/php/index.html

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