Recently Dries Buytaert – CTO of Aquia, head of the Drupal Development team, keeper of the gate for all Drupal patches, User 1 – penned a post for his blog entitled “Staking our future on PHP”. In it he starts off with these words.
I believe that the growth of PHP depends increasingly on applications like Drupal, Joomla!, WordPress, phpBB, Typo3, ezPublish and similar systems. Specifically, I believe that most organizations adopt PHP primarily because they want to use one of these popular applications which have PHP at their core. Fewer organizations adopt PHP because they want to build from scratch their own PHP applications. Hence, more than ever, the future of PHP depends on popular PHP applications that have emerged over recent years.
Dries spends the rest of the post talking about how Drupal depends on PHP as well. He ends the post by asking his readers “If you could contribute to PHP core, what would you change?”.
His post, along with other recent posts, have started a conversation. Each person takes away from the conversation what they want and more than a few have simply labeled the entire conversation as link bait. That’s ok, it happens when people start discussing controversial change. What is good is that the conversation is happening; even those post to decry the conversation are participating in it.
My call to action for you is to join in the conversation. Find a post that strikes a chord with you – good or bad – and leave a comment. Better yet, post your own blog post with your thought on it. If you think the entire conversation is link bait, fine, don’t link to anyone in your post but explain why you think this. Regardless of your point of view, stand and be heard.