Let's not forget the ecosystem in which these different technologies 
thrive.  It's all based on who's paying whom to do what.  The reality of 
the situation is that the people in charge don't know (or care) about 
all these different technologies.  They may make some broad decisions 
(linux vs win), but you can bet they often rely on individual techies to 
help guide them to the solution they need.  As technology advances, you 
can bet the divide between management and development will only widen.  
All that matters now is the end result.  With the disparity in developer 
skill, the difficulty in estimating development time accurately, and the 
increase in processing power there's a lot of room for developers to 
make their own decisions.  

In this kind of environment, there is a lot of room for different 
programming languages.  PHP has the benefits of lightning fast 
development cycles.  Java has the advantage of being a strict, modern, 
fault-tolerant language that lends itself to well-written code.  ASP has 
advantage of MS 'programming for dummies'-style devlopment tools.  Perl 
has the advantage of its text processing abilities.  C has the speed 
advantage by staying barebones and relatively low level for a verbose 

In order for one of these technologies to die, something has to come 
along with all the advantages and no new disadvantages.  Somehow I don't 
see this happening to open-source projects like PHP, or MySQL.  It's 
much easier to improve them then to develop something better.  I see it 
much more likely that these projects could fork to encompass different 

In article <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>,
 [EMAIL PROTECTED] (Dave) wrote:

> >He would see JSP at 19.9% and PHP at 11.2 and say that proves his point.
> And flash developers will claim that the only way to create a site is have 
> the
> whole thing Flash and crap flying across the client screen all the time...
> Untill the modem access market drops below 50% of the users on the net...  
> hard
> time convincing me that 100's of kb in Flash is worth it.
> He obviously is sold on JSP...  let him sink with his ship.  PHP isn't going
> anywhere anytime soon...  not while *nix boxes are still the most stable
> performers for web.

Gabe da Silveira, Web Designer
Twin Cities Student Unions
University of Minnesota

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