[nycphp-talk] how did you learn php?
bz-gmort at beezifies.com
Mon Aug 27 11:49:27 EDT 2007
> Hey, i'm kinda new around here and just tinkering around with php. My
> question to you guys is how did you learn? by reading or by taking
> apart scripts and adding your own style or what? I'm very curious.
I started by inheriting a project that need some major rewrites done to
it, it was written in this funny little language called Net.Data.
Net.Data was a web CGI language geared to allow you to connect to a DB2
database, process data, and format it for the web. And it allowed you
to intermix your HTML and Net.Data code in the same file.
After completing that, I was wondering how one would write the same
thing in a non-IBM environment, so I got myself a Web Provider that
supported everything at the time and looked into different ways of doing
PHP was a natural transition from Net.Data and for the most part
painless. The only real difference was PHP had a lot more power since
it wasn't limited to being designed to interoperate with DB2 and than
grudgingly extended to meet the needs of specific clients.
A couple years after that, IBM end of lifed Net.Data. I mentioned that
rewriting the app would be trivial in PHP, we went partially down that
road and then gave up due to politics(the application was going to be
replaced that year with the new application)......6 years later and
their still running that application, on hardware that is failling, and
with a backup that is completely useless(you can't get Net.Data to
install on a new system anymore).
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