PHP will phase out Perl as the Web Scripting language of choice within two years. It will do this by its inclusion of itself in the HTML, plus its out-of-the-box ability to handle connecting to a MySQL server. This kind of power is greatly appreciated by people like myself, people who are tired of an archaic way of connecting to such a database in Perl. This, coupled with the fact that PHP's interpreter is nearly 10 times as fast as the Perl interpreter, makes this an obvious choice.
PHP is a strong and popular HTML-embedded scripting language that is developed for the Web. It is also very similar to Perl, making the transition from Perl to PHP to a few mere hours of tinkering. This kind of switch is hard to find, however worthwhile in striving to make the Web faster and better.
Mike Eggleston is a Web Developer.
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