2018 tech in retrospect:
- React was a good choice back in 2015
- React Native and Expo served us well
- It's becoming increasingly hard to maintain old PHP codebases
- Go is my favorite programming language atm
- Getting rid of server-pets is essential to be productive

@andrioid it's not hard to maintain PHP codebases, in fact, I'd put one of the core defining characteristics of PHP as the extreme language feature stability compared to any other language besides maybe Perl 5. Maybe you just are missing someone who knows PHP?

@andrioid ...or the starting PHP was just really, really, bad, of course, lol, but bad code is a universal and is always hard to maintain.

@smxi My main beef with PHP is not the language, it's creators or what it can or can't do.

It's that most of the PHP codebases I've seen are a mess to work with. So, better developers? Maybe... Doesn't change that PHP4+ codebases in a PHP7 world are simply put, outdated.


@andrioid I do not enjoy language updates breaking my code, and making my clients pay me to fix it, I am aware of no language better than PHP in this regard, except Perl 5. Both languages treat their userbase, developers, with extreme respect,m and give you years of warnings if a feature must be removed. Compare python 2.7 to 3.0 vs PHP 5.6 to 7.0 for instance, I had ot do exactly zero updates on my up to date 5.x code for it to run on 7.x, and only a few updates on some older 5.3 era PHP.

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