Today I Learned

Some of the things I've learned every day since Oct 10, 2016

132: PHP is Ugly

So I learned the basics of PHP today. My main takeaway was that it is a very, very ugly language.

I don’t really know what else there is to say about it. But I will try to illustrate.

Instead of

\texttt{for (item in iterable)}


\texttt{foreach (iterable as item)}. A deliberate effort to make human readability less intuitive, I guess?

You have to start variable names with \$ ??? Why.

\texttt{strlen()}\texttt{strpos()}\texttt{strtolower()}\texttt{strtoupper()}? Really?

Also, using \texttt{.} for concatenation just so you can’t use standard dot notation.

How was all this syntax actually intentionally designed this way?

I just


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