> It's hard, I think in part, because of the reputation PHP is 
> getting in 
> some circles.  Many of the people evangelizing it don't know anything 
> else, and simply extoll all the 'wonderful' virtues of it. 

YES! This "poisoning of the well" has happened and continues to happen. The
problem is that being an evangelist is a wonderful thing-- but you have to
be quite skilled at communication to be a successful one :) Otherwise the
person attempting to spread the gospel simply becomes looked at as an
annoyance or, worse, becomes marginalized.

I have dealt with a lot of folks in companies who have a negative view of
PHP, MySQL, Linux, BSD, etc. simply because they have had their intelligence
insulted, or been irritated, or been completely confused, or been preached
to one too many times by well-meaning proponents of Open Source solutions
who are either unable to communicate or simply victim to their own

There is probably nothing that doesn't have an Open Source solution in the
abstract sense-- but in the real world of existing systems, personnel, and
politics, the best solution may not be technically the fastest or even the
most stable. The right tool for the job is my motto, and that might mean SQL
Server, it might mean MySQL. It might mean a Linux server, it might mean
Win2K. There is no single panacea.

Chris Lott

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