Scripting and XML

Rasmus Lerdorf rasmus at
Sun Oct 19 21:43:54 BST 1997

> PHP/FI used to solve many problems that existed due to shortcomings 
> in HTML. Now with XML, many of those are gone. But XML uses 
> different ways than PHP/FI did. IMHO there are two possible 
> solutions: Redesign PHP/FI to become XML compliant (which is not 
> backward compatible), or just see it as a special Apache 
> scripting language (where I like mod_perl more).

It is not Apache-specific like mod_perl though.  PHP3 runs natively under
Windows as well now, and has both NSAPI and ISAPI support.  There will
even be Unix-based ISAPI support to go along with the ISAPI-capable Zeus

mod_perl is a very handy.  I use it myself quite a bit.  But there are a
lot of shortcomings, not the least of which being the Perl language itself
which can be extremely daunting to a non-programmer.

PHP is evolving.  PHP3 is not completely backward compatible with PHP2 and
earlier.  If I am going to make the jump to a full XML parser, then now is
probably a good time to do it.  However, given the target audience of PHP,
forcing people to think in XML terms might be quite a stretch.


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