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Nov. 22nd, 2009 | 10:15 pm

More and more I find myself just not bothering with Perl at all, and writing any script I produce in PHP, no matter what it is. I use a lot of PHP for work and also for hobbyism, and hey PHP is standard with OS X too. But there is a tiny core of remaining shame at using what was really designed as a web scripting language to rename pictures with the correct colour of kitten or whatever other rubbish I script for.

so

Is it bad to script in PHP offline?

No, it's fine, forget it, why are you even asking this?
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You should really be using perl or something more designed for local use, but it's not so bad I suppose
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Yes, it's bad, you should only use PHP for websites, like it was meant for
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Not only is it bad to use it for local scripting it's also bad to use it online too, horrible language
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WHAT
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from: infov0re
date: Nov. 22nd, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I've said "no, it's fine" because I am increasingly of the opinion it's just not worth being didactic about stuff like this (and I say that as a primarily Ruby/Rails programmer); at the same time, my actual answer would be "no, but it does depend what you're doing". I hate using PHP from the command line, just because it's so terribly designed for doing so; it really does want to be run as pages hit on a server and processed by mod_php. For things that might need a little form, though, or some kind of interaction, it's great, but for pure "better alternative to bash scripts", I'm definitely not convinced.

So: I think my answer has changed to the second option.

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