PHP is very widely used in libraries and is among the most widely used
languages in general. I think that it would be unfortunate if it were not

I wonder about C# over C++.

I don't believe that Basic has much of a presence in library development
outside of Microsoft application scripting. Of course, there are likely
quite a few 10 year old VB apps out there.


On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:37 PM, Ron Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Thank you all for starting this vibrant thread. I wanted to address some
> concerns about this book.
> Concern #1. Who is it for?
> This book is for librarians, administrators, students and others who are
> interested in programming. If you have been programming for some time this
> book may not be for you but you might contribute.
> Concern #2. What chapters will be included? The call was meant to be read
> as open and flexible. Please contact us if you feel you have something to
> contribute. We already have had a great response and about ten chapters /
> topics have interested authors. We are getting to the point where we will
> have to group authors and turn away suggested topics.
> Yes, we imagine XML-like content will be in. Yes, PHP and MySQL will be in
> it also. What else will be in it? It may not have your favorite language
> but the book is not meant for just one person.
> Concern #3. What is the structure? The structure will address the history
> and some of the nuts and bolts mentioned by others on this thread. Books
> are limited by space constraints but we hope to make the book have some
> longevity and connection to the larger field.
> Concern #4. What is the approach? The approach follows the traditional
> LITA guide approach. It looks at specific cases in libraries and guides
> readers on how to address problems in specific ways. Good programmers still
> may find this book useful because they may see projects or code they want
> to port to different languages.
> Concern #5. Basic are you kidding me?!? It is not for me to judge who uses
> what programming lang. If a library or person out there has an application
> that might be useful for others in our field to see, we want to hear about
> it.
> Again contact us if you would like to contribute something. This is a long
> process and the book is still in development.
> Thanks!
> Editors
> Ron Brown (ronbrown a.t. mailbox dot sc dot edu)
> Beth Thomsett-Scott (beth.thomsett-scott a.t. unt dot edu)

Cary Gordon
The Cherry Hill Company