On Thu, 25 Mar 2010, Brian Stamper wrote:
> On Wed, 24 Mar 2010 17:51:38 -0400, Mark Tomko <[log in to unmask]>
>> I wouldn't recommend PHP to learn as a programming language, if your goal
>> is to have a general purpose programming language at your disposal. PHP is
>> a fine language for building dynamic web pages, but it won't help you to
>> slice and dice a big text file or process a bunch of XML or do some other
>> "odd job" that you don't want to do by hand.
> To be precise, PHP can indeed do these kind of things, particularly in
> command line mode. I certainly don't recommend it, but if you're used to PHP
> for other reasons, and you already have it available to you, you can do 'odd
> jobs' with PHP. You can also use your teeth to open a tight bottle cap, the
> edge of a knife as a screwdriver, and duct tape to perform auto repairs.
You say that as if duct tape is a bad thing for auto repairs. Not all
duct tape repairs are candidates for "There, I fixed it!". It works
just fine for the occassional hose repair.