php: taking a half step back?

I've been doing some PHP development for a new site for my company. I can't tell you about it since it is classified “super f'ing secret”–actually it is just a cheesy parking page and I don't want any search engines spidering it until there is some real content. But, back to something resembling the title of this article. When ASP.NET first came out, I jumped on the bandwagon faster than you can say OOP. For the most part, I have no regrets. Classic ASP seems so two years ago and doing maintenance on old code usually brings a combination of laughter and crying which ends with a beer.

PHP is bringing back some of these feelings since it is a scripting language. In some ways, this is great: no compiling, no xcopy distribution (great term, I guess FTP wasn't M$-centric enough), and no IIS. However, it still *feels* like I'm taking a step back. OK, half a step since PHP is really cool in that it has some great features: templates, OO, functions out the wazoo, and the all-important recursive acronym name.

Regardless, the more I use it, the more I like it. Now, if only I could call my .Net compiled DLLs from PHP…

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