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Why they choose to lie about PHP over Perlby Anonymous Monk
|on Aug 01, 2006 at 02:31 UTC||Need Help??|
Thanks to explorer for posting this concise list of common delusions about Perl so frequently repeated by certain members of the PHP "community". The hidden agenda of vendetta against a competitor is transparent and we shouldn't let them get away with it. Lies of this magnitude do real damage to Perl, and they're being actively promoted by people affiliated with a greedy for-profit corporation, think about it.
PHP code gets embedded into HTML pages, unlike Perl.
"Another feature of mod_perl is that it integrates with the Apache mod_include server-side include system. Provided that mod_perl was built with the PERL_SSI option (or with the *recommended* setting of EVERYTHING=1), the Perl API adds a new #perl element to the standard mod_include server-side include system, allowing server-side includes to call Perl subroutines directly.
PHP is built from the ground-up with database functionality built in, particularly MySQL functionality. Perl is not.
Perl allows YOU to decide what database to use, if any, and PHP seems to be following Perl, as usual, towards a more modular approach:
PHP 101 (part 9): MySQL support in PHP 5.0 is not as simple as it used to be. Instead of supporting MySQL out of the box, PHP now requires you to make all kinds of decisions about versions and libraries before allowing you to hook your scripts up to a MySQL database.
PHP is secure. Perl scripts tend to have more security holes.
WRONG AGAIN. Not only is PHP itself well-known to be less secure than Perl, as john_oshea demonstrates with his link comparison, evidence suggests PHP applications are the LEAST secure LAMP choice, while those written in Perl have the BEST code quality.
Coverity Study Ranks LAMP Code Quality:PHP is easy to learn in comparison to Perl.
PHP takes less "overhead" than Perl, meaning that PHP scripts will run faster than CGI scripts written in Perl
PHP code tends to be more consistent and modular than Perl.
Let's be honest, to the untrained eye Perl and PHP and look identical, and this author is obviously completely ignorant that the best collection of modules for any language in the world exists for Perl at http://cpan.org/.