[thelist] What is the best programming language for the web?

Mark Mandel mark.mandel at gmail.com
Mon May 28 01:35:59 CDT 2007

side note: If anyone needs help getting ColdFusion running on Ubuntu, ping me.

It's a bit fiddly, and not quite 'supported' but I've done it, and it
works fine.


On 5/28/07, Judah McAuley <judah at wiredotter.com> wrote:
> Shawn K. Quinn wrote
> > In summary, if you know just PHP, that's what you should be using. If
> > it's not enough to get a given job done, you'll find out soon enough.
> > PHP is probably among one of the most portable; there are some such as
> > ASP and Cold Fusion that are decisively less so (the former being a
> > Microsoft product, the latter being what an Adobe product by way of
> > Allaire and Macromedia, both of which are Windows-centric and place you
> > at the mercy of proprietary software vendors for licensing).
> For what its worth, I think that ColdFusion is no more Windows-centric
> than PHP is *nix-centric. Its true that CF used to be Windows only and
> the first releases for Linux were, shall we say, a bit beta quality. The
> last two releases, however, are quite solid on Linux and they've done a
> very good job of making sure the language is not platform specific. Much
> better, in my opinion, than PHP actually. The code I write could be
> moved from a windows box to a linux box and back with little to no
> modification necessary.
> As for proprietary vendors, I'll agree there. I think there are pros and
> cons to that, but it is certainly a controlled environment. In the
> interest of disclosure though, I'll note that there are competing CFML
> engines. BlueDragon and Railo are both commercial CFML rendering engines
> and there is a new project called Smith that is a collaborative, open
> source CFML engine.
> All that being said, I still like writing php now and then and if php is
> what you know, you should certainly use that :)
> Cheers,
> Judah
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