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"How could this love, ever changing, never change the way I feel?"
Beck / Lonesome Tears

Posted on January 16, 2003 5:30 PM in Web Development
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I realize you can get stoned (in the Biblical sense) these days if you're a techie and don't hold the view that Open Source is the best thing since sliced bread, but I am definitely not a big proponent of that whole movement. Seeing how slowly the Mozilla browser has evolved since its branching off into the Open Source world several years ago compared to the relatively quick deployment of new versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, I feel like you are almost trading quality for time with Open Source.

That said, however, I have to say that PHP is one of the most marvelous examples of what can happen from such a movement, or such a development community. Working on the Performance Library Database for over a year now has shown me the light, so to speak, when it comes to PHP development. I have developed in ASP and ColdFusion, both of which I am a fan, but PHP does so much and has such great documentation that it is doubtless a force to be reckoned with. And on top of all that...it's free! If you are a web developer and haven't gotten your feet wet with PHP yet, don't hold out any longer. Do as I have done and see the light.


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