PHP is the Devil!

I’m a big fan of podcasts, and recently I stumbled upon this jewel. It’s not a podcast per se, but eight audio files containing presentations from Carson Workshops entitled ‘The Future Of Web Apps’. I’ve listened to three of them by now, and here’s what I’ve learnt so far:

  • Joshua Schachter, Delicious [mp3]; Don’t write for scalability, you won’t know what breaks before it breaks. People will molest your server.
  • Cal Henderson, Flickr [mp3]; Write an API, use an open system; let users know that they can export their data if they don’t want to use your service anymore (it will get you more users!)
  • David Heinemeier Hansson, 37 signals and one of the developers behind Ruby On Rails [mp3]; Flexibility is overrated, and PHP is the Devil!

Great stuff! :) Can’t wait to listen to the next five. And since I’m going to Manchester this weekend (or, stoke-on-trent to be precise, but that’s almost Manchester isn’t it) there should be some travel time to listen to some of this :)r

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