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PHP and the Lean Startup

Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 19 April 8820.
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About ten years ago there was a rumour. If you want to get things done, and if you want to get them done fast, go for PHP. Yes, it's been like a badly done perl ripoff with even worse object orientation and inconsistent apis, but somehow the people creating in software in PHP were able to deliver. And they were able to deliver fast, open for changes in the last 24 hours and they fixed bugs in production fast. From a software engineering professionals point of view this sounded risky, unprofessional and dangerous. This could only lead to crappy code. A proper software engineer would never use this language, and he won't ever accept changes in the last minute nor work with a customer that does not know exactly what he wants.


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