PHP is much easier than Perl to get started in. It's a lot less finicky when it comes to server configurations, and has a lot of nice pre-written routines for database access and sessions that Perl does not.
If you've ever written ASP, it's about the same thing.
Well... I haven't written ASP. I maintain a Microsoft-free environment.
But PHP sounds interesting...
[i]There's certainly a LOT of money in NT servers, ASP, and Cold Fusion, but it'd be a lot harder for us to support something we don't use ourselves.
That said, the customer IS king and we will add stuff that - even if we don't use it ourselves - our customers demand.[/i]
I won't be asking you for ASP anytime soon. And if you take my *nix box away, I'll smack you. Hard. Seriously, I would never use an NT box. Too many reboots, too many holes.
I just checked Macromedia's site. It looks like there are several 3rd party solutions for some PHP functionality (not sure to what extent), and it sounds like they might be willing to support PHP if there is suitable demand.
Thanks... I've seen that, and I've posted my comments on the site, through their wish-list form, before. The plug-ins that they have there still don't offer live display of data in UltraDev; they only provide easy ways to add connection and query code to your pages.
Who will crack first? DreamHost or Macromedia? Will DH ever support Frontpage? Stay tuned... ;>
I'd much rather see Macromedia crack and support PHP. That way, you guys don't have to foot the bill.