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Is Ruby the dog and PHP the dogfood?

Posted on 27/5/07 by Felix Geisendörfer

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Hello World ; ),

I'm currently working hard on refactoring my Containable behavior to provide you with lot's of fun stuff like fields, conditions etc. limitations for associations on the fly. I also do everything using test driven development which turns out to be *very* difficult in this case and is the reason why the new version isn't released yet even so I probably already spent ~10 hours on it. Please excuse the delay and stay tuned.

Anyway, the reason I'm leaving my IDE is to point you to this wonderful post by Terry Chay entitled "Is Ruby the dog and PHP the dogfood?". Warning upfront: It might be offensive to people who've hopped on the Rails band wagon recently or plan to do so, but on the other site it's not one-sided and makes some very good points torwards the end. Oh and there is also some strong language in it ; ). Anyway, here is a little excerpt from it so you know what you are getting into, enjoy:

From: Is Ruby the dog and PHP the dogfood? []

Cute girl: “What do you do?”
Me: “I’m a PHP Software Architect.”
Cute girl: “What’s PHP? It sounds like a drug.”
Me: “No, it stands for PHP Hyper… nevermind. It’s a web language.”
Cute girl: *blank stare*
Me: “It’s the thing that powers more websites than any other language.”
Cute girl: *blank stare*
Me: “Umm, it powers Yahoo!”
Cute girl: “Oh!”
*dead silence*
Cute girl: “Hey, does it ‘power’ MySpace?”
Me: “No, they use dotNet.”
Cute girl: *turns the other way and starts to talk to the other guy*

-- Felix Geisendörfer aka the_undefined


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Sebastian Macias said on Jun 14, 2007:

How is it going Felix?

I was wondering if you have an idea when you would be releasing the new and improved containable behavior. We are huge fans of the concept here at digital-telepathy.

Let me know if we can help with anything.


Sebastian Macias

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