-accepts uncritically gobs of code dredged up via Google
-considers something "robust" if it doesn't break old code, when the rest of us hate it because we have to live with register_globals and other horrors
-considers "universal support" of craptastic versions of mod_php to be a good thing (some, but not all, major shared hosting messes use FastCGI)
-modifies files in production and thinks that's okay
It makes those of us who do know what we're doing and focus on disciplined code look bad, because the article author is what most people think of when talking about "PHP programmers".
In fact, i reject any other explaination. Sticks fingers in ears. Lalalalala, it's satire, nobody is this incompetent. Lalalalala, can't hear you.
This is absolutely satire. I don't think anyone can troll much harder than "PHP is exactly like C".
I'm not sure why running old code on an old server that has support for the old code is considered a good thing about PHP. I love BASIC because I can boot up a C64 and the code I wrote 20 years ago still works today!
What's wrong with that? `git pull` to update everything to the latest HEAD, `git co -- HEAD~1` to roll back the latest update, `git diff` to see the latest differences, etc...
This repo doesn't have to be the development repo, just a specialized non-bare repo that's used just for production. It works great for simple sites that don't require extensive deployment infrastructure.
Cedric wrote the book on unit testing (literally! ). He uses PHP at times when he doesn't need the reliability unit testing gives you and can't justify the extra time it takes.
Given that he works at Google, I suspect his "in production" doesn't actually mean big, real sites.
And I don't care if it's a "big, real" site or not, making mods to a live site is (almost) never good practice. Fix it offline, test it, push.
So, yeah. ;-) Still a ways off, though.
Agreed - as a PHP programmer (mainly in Zend Framework), who is now learning Python... I hate register_globals. With a fiery passion.
More importantly, as someone who hosts several photographer websites, I have a bone to pick with http://bludomain.com/ - congrats on your eighth birthday. Have you updated your code since you were born? It's a travesty that involves turning on almost every deprecated option in a php.ini. :\