p. The absolute best session I attended at OSCON 2006 was the “PHP Lightening Talks”. Some of the presentations were interesting, others were hilarious. Theo Schlossnagle’s “Why PHP Sucks”:http://www.lethargy.org/~jesus/archives/68-PHP-Sucks..html was both. Theo is a facilitating to sit and listen to, as you’ll soon see when I post my interview with him. He’s also quite funny when he wants to be. His presentation was interesting. It was part tongue-in-cheek and part dead serious but Theo left it to you to decide which was which.
p. Chris Schiflett, who works with Theo at “OmniTI”:http://omniti.com/, “blogged about it”:http://shiflett.org/archive/248 when Theo posted his slides. His was just a pointer for those who didn’t see Theo’s original announcement. However something interesting happened on Chris’ blog, a conversation broke out.
p. Many of the people who attended the talk (Ed, Terry, Luke, Aaron and Ben were the ones I recognized) chipped in with their two cents. Terry even posted a “spin-off blog entry”:http://terrychay.com/blog/article/php-sucks.shtml. Many interesting points were made, some barbs were slung at Java and the appropriate amount of scatological humor was posted. (Appropriate for this group.) All stemming from a speech that lasted 5 minutes.
p. Picking my favorite post is a tough choice because there are some great points and posts. However, I think “Ben Ramsey”:http://benramsey.com/ posted my favorite quote that I can print on a PG rated blog:
bq. “but it’s not like PEAR is suddenly a turd floating in the bowl of PHP development”
p. The talk was good, don’t get me wrong, but the conversation it inspired is much more interesting.