On Fri, 2011-01-07 at 13:31 -0500, Joshua Kehn wrote:

> On Jan 7, 2011, at 12:34 PM, Daniel Brown wrote:
> > On Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 12:18, Joshua Kehn <josh.k...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> 
> >> Using another language more suited towards CLI / standalone (non-web) 
> >> development would be easier. PHP at it's core is a templating language. I 
> >> don't think it is as suited as say Python for developing standalone 
> >> applications.
> > 
> >    One might argue that it depends on your mastery of and comfort
> > with the language.  That in mind, the same is true of nearly any
> > programming language.
> > 
> >    And thanks for reminding me of what PHP is at its core.  ;-P
> > 
> > -- 
> > </Daniel P. Brown>
> > Network Infrastructure Manager
> > Documentation, Webmaster Teams
> > http://www.php.net/
> My apologies. I just view PHP as a perfected web language, due to it's 
> templating nature, while using it for other things (scripts, utilities, cron) 
> is a misuse in my opinion.
> It does completely depend on your mastery of the language. If you're very 
> good with PHP and you don't often do non-web things it might not make sense 
> to learn another language as well. 
> Regards,
> -Josh
> ____________________________________
> Joshua Kehn | josh.k...@gmail.com
> http://joshuakehn.com

There's no real reason why you shouldn't use PHP for cli apps, it has a
lot of features specifically intended for it even. I've found it to be
fast enough for my needs, it's familiar, and I don't need to compile an
app every time I make a small code change.

Yes PHP is primarily a web-based language, but there's no reason it
can't be used other places too. In fact, I've even got PHP installed on
my Android phone, although I've yet to find a practical use for that!


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