The PHP Scalability Myth
Subject:   Perl is so much better than PHP or Java
Date:   2003-10-21 12:54:13
From:   chicks
Arguing about the performance or maintainability of PHP versus Java is just an argument about the "also rans". As someone who has developed applications in all three languages that people were quite satisfied with I can't imagine why people still spend their time beating their heads against the limitations of java and php. There's this really pleasant world over here known as Perl where people share buckets of code and oh, it runs circles around the also rans. But arguing about performance in the golden days of Moore's Law is laughable - what about whether it's fun!? Hmm?
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  • Perl?
    2003-10-29 11:54:27  anonymous2 [View]

    Funny you should mention perl in a post where you name performance a virtue.
    For the mission-/performance-critical applications, there's no excuse not to write them in C anyways (no, being lazy doesn't count).
    On a sidenote, any aspiring programmer should learn the mother of all programminglanguages. For tearing down language barriers it is unsurpassed, and for speed, performance and possibilities it meets its match only in the troublesome assembler code.
    Oh, and incidentally, there's quite a few buckets of free C-code around as well, including a dozen or so operating systems (which I don't think will be rewritten in perl any time soon).


    • Perl?
      2003-11-10 06:04:37  anonymous2 [View]

      Mother of all programming languages is equal to Assembler (I don't think raw machine code is a programming language and as earlier speaker said, being lazy doesn't count)

      It's faster and smaller than anything else if you aren't lazy.

    • The mother of all languages?
      2006-08-09 22:51:45  arglborps [View]

      So that could mean several:

      Write binary the real mother of all...

      Or write in Plankalkül which is more or less the first programming language (well it wasn't for a completely electronic device, though)

      Or Short Code, the first computer language actually used on an electronic computing device.

      Ah, you mean C, that Hippie language from the seventies? C’mon I am even older than that (by one year), and I don't have grey hair (no I'm not dyeing it).

      I don't get it how you come to think of C as the mother of all programming languages...
    • Perl?
      2008-05-13 20:02:35  richard_mullins [View]

      I have heard this argument before, that for performance-critical work one must write a small amount of the code in C. But I suspect these are the same people who told us to write in assembly language rather than Fortran.

      What relevance will your C code have in 3 years time, when computers are faster?
  • Perl is so much better than PHP or Java
    2003-11-03 05:03:12  anonymous2 [View]

    well BLESS my little objects!