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From allan juul <al...@muly.dk>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] [OT] Apache and PHP/MP
Date Tue, 01 Nov 2005 21:07:21 GMT
Joshua Kogut wrote:

> Hey guys, here's an analogy concerning Php and MP. You can go to a store,
> and you have $100 US to buy something to help you hammer nails. The logical
> choice is that you should buy a hammer right? It does what you need it to,
> and the shallow learning curve is nice. But, on the way to the hammer
> section, you see this multi-purpose tool that can not only hammer the nail
> for you, but it can also buy the nail, hold the nail in the wood, and then
> make lemonade for you. Now, you go buy the multi-purpose tool, bring it
> home, and then realize that it doesn't do the one job that you wanted it
> for, hammering, as well as a hammer would.
> 
> This is how I felt with Perl. It did so many things that I felt that it just
> couldn't concentrate one one thing enough, web applications. So, I found
> myself at php.net <http://php.net> one day and fell in love with the trusty
> hammer.

i _really_ like your analogy even i strongly disagree (perl/mp is a 
toolbox rather than a single multi-purpose-tool IMO)

so, you could turn that analogy upside down ;)

let's say you opted to buy the cheap tool (the simple hammer) and you 
got home and started hammering. midway thru you realize that you made a 
mistake so you want the nail out but now you haven't got the tool 
because the tool you bought can only hammer.

so you go back to the shop and "invest" in the toolbox. (actually you 
just swap your original hammer with the toolbox since they are both the 
same price ). then you go home again. you open the toolbox. wow. theres 
a hammer ... no wait there are 2,3,4,N hammers, different sizes, 
different materials, different colours. but please don't use the 
screwdrivers as a hammer. there are also N tools to take out the nails. 
did you run out of nails? no problem, look in the box.

./allan



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