Hi folks

I asked my ISP to flesh out their negative comments about adding libraries
to PHP.

This is their reply - is there anything in this, or are they
misunderstanding the situation?

We run servers. We want to compile stuff from source, for obvious reasons!
As such, the question is simple and obvious: why does so much in PHP rely
on the core's compile-time. Why can't there be run-time or DSO inclusion
later on, as with Perl. Basically, PHP has really screwed up in this
monolythic design which was all very well when it was a simple templating
system, but now it's grown to a full-grown language, the scalability,
flexibility and namespace issues are becoming untennable. I note that
something called "Pear" appears in later compilations of the PHP core. I
assume this is some attempt at including Perl's library system and,
eventually, a CPAN-a-like?

I'm not so sure why they prefer to compile from source - why wouldn't they
trust a professional distro?

Geoff Caplan

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