Services

The word on the street is PHP

There seems to be a disconnect between the technical press and the reality on the street. Real work will be done on Linux and BSD--and the race will be between J2EE and PHP.

In response to the August 29 Perspectives column by Charles Cooper, "Longhorn and the battle for Web services":

I was surprised by your omission of PHP/MySQL as a Web services platform in your review. There seems to be a disconnect between the technical press and the reality on the street--if a technology doesn't have salesmen and press release, or if it doesn't have sales figures, then it isn't tracked.

.Net is a nifty technology model but is doomed, because the Windows platform is simply not a robust enough. Frankly, the "innovation" of running a program on another server by submitting an array of input parameters to a remote computer is not new--witness the APIs provided by credit card processing companies for Web sites. Real work will be done on Linux and BSD--and the race will be between J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) and PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor).

Here's a suggestion: Count the number of steps, lines and seconds it takes you to create a "Hello, world" program in J2EE versus PHP. Then consider how the marketplace will value that comparison. Before you tell me that PHP can't handle large installations, take a look at Yahoo. Its chief technology officer switched the company over to PHP last year. And I'll bet he sat through the PowerPoint presentations from the .Net and J2EE guys before he rejected them.

Gordon H. Buchan
Montreal