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|Features sell, but who uses them?|
The box of a software development tool shows features, bells and whistles.
This packages is fantastic. Yes, it may not be cheap, but it offers so much! The productivity of the software developer will rise to previously unknown heights. It certainly is value for money. Buy this package!
PHP does not come in a box.
The features are on the internet.
It is cheap, open source software.
Hmm, so it probably will not offer much. And I bet it is not productive. Penny wise is pound foolish. Stay away from it.
Prejudices aside though, an abundance of features just scares me away.
Please give me for a start:
Still, somehow I succumbed to the temptation and recently acquired a box. However, once unpacked I can't even see the forest in the jungle of features.
Sorry, but I do not have the time to acquaintance myself with the specialities of a tool. There are lots of tools around, each with their specific uses. The time is over when I could focus on a single tool and get to know all its ins and outs.
And woe betides me when I do explore every nook and cranny. It seems that as soon as I master all the features, a new version of the software is released. So: Features Go!
For the last couple of weeks I worked on web-based roster planning software. I use PHP for the simple data entry functions, supported by a MySQL database. PHP is light, pleasant, easy to learn, even without formal training. The syntax is clear, similar to Java.
· September 2001
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