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Rami Kayyali's Blog:
LAMP's Standing Still
June 28, 2006 @ 06:10:23

Something's mentioned in this entry on Rami Kayyali's blog that no one in a community wants to hear - he gets the feeling that the PHP community is shrinking.

The PHP community is shrinking by the day, at least that's how I feel. I consider the community to consist of the extremely enthusiastic evangelists, those who make stuff instead of benchmarking them. We have a growing base of young developers who only need a small portion of PHP's capabilities and a shrinking base of developers who want to make things happen. We need chaos, not community rules. We need a CPAN, not a PEAR, a Smarty or a Zend Framework; these projects give me a feeling of being the "chosen" ones.

He preceeds this with a bit about his history with PHP, like how he used to feel when major updates were made. But somewhere along the line it got to be about something else - the debates between which was better (ASP vs. PHP, PHP vs. Java, etc), looking more at things like which quotes were faster, etc. Even the release of PHP5 couldn't make up for these community changes.

So, his suggestion is that we, as a community, stop worrying about if PHP is "enterprise ready" or competing with the wide array of other languages/environments out there and just get back to what PHP does best - getting back to its web development foundations where its real power lies.

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