PHP Is A Complete Disgrace For Serious Web Application Development

A few days back a colleague forwarded me a link to an article entitled Attacking PHP. It goes through a list of the problems associated with PHP. And based on my past experiences dealing with PHP in corporate environments, the analysis in that article is spot on. In short, PHP is just not a suitable [...]

Could you use the SQLite backend for Takusen?

Luke Plant has been working on a Haskell-based blogging application for a while now, and describing his progress. I was dismayed to read today that he’s giving up! One of his main complaints was with regards to the poor state of the available Haskell database interfacing libraries. He does mention Takusen, which a colleague of [...]

A small example of the hidden dangers of dynamically typed programming languages

Several days back I wrote about how unit testing is not a substitute for static typing. A comment posted to that article by James asked for more clarification regarding what I was talking about. James wrote, “I can’t recall the last time I had Ruby code break because I tried to act on an object [...]

Others are leaving Ruby on Rails, as well. And it’s not going well.

Several months back, there was somewhat of an uproar in the Ruby and Ruby on Rails communities when it was revealed that after two years of effort, the CD Baby Web site was abandoning their Ruby on Rails rewrite. The CD Baby site was reimplemented in mere months after returning to the use of PHP. [...]