Responding to this article only prolongs its life.
Treat PC Magazine/ZDNET's reviews as you would a 3rd grader's book report.
These are not technical publications; they are the Popular Mechanics of the PC
world. When considering languages/environments to use when building an
application, very few people will read ZDNET publications to help them decide.
On Fri, 18 May 2001, Gavin Sherry wrote:
> There is a disappointing trend in 'mainstream' commentary on open source
> projects. This is an example of one.
> In the last year of so I have had a lot of experience with poor media
> coverage of projects I am either involved in or follow closely. One of the
> worst being an all out attack on PostgreSQL by an indian online magazine
> resently which seemed to be directed at an entirely different project.
> I think the short-comings of this article should be addressed in a civil
> manner. An open letter to ZDNet and the author, for example. This could be
> posted on the front page of php.net and would probably get coverage on
> places such as slashdot and perhaps ZDNet itself. I would recommend
> against personal and emotion emails to the author or to ZDNet as has
> happened in other cases.
> Such an open letter could be arranged on this list or by some of the top
> developers. I think it unfortunate that especially in the case of Open
> Source journalists are not doing any research -- I say especially because
> there is such a large amount of information and support for open source
> projects such as PHP.
> I would be happy to draft a response if everyone else would like to move
> in that direction.
> On Fri, 18 May 2001, Emmanuel FAIVRE wrote:
> > http://www.zdnet.com/products/stories/reviews/0,4161,2711724,00.html
> > no word to comment that !
> > just see a adbanner for ColdFusion on the same page !
> > Manu
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