Just a WTF in the suburban railway
June 24, 2009
Today I was going in the suburban railway, where a flat screen was mounted mainly to show the next stop etc. Apart from this simple task, it also displayed some ads, sponsored news, and stuff. Among these blocks was a survey from “Rankaholics” which asked for the “most beautiful programming languages”. And the result was as follows: (Only the first three ranks were shown.)
- PHP: 26 %
- C++: 12 %
- Python: 11 %
What the…? Why the heck do people think that PHP is beautiful? (Yes, there might be people who might find PHP beautiful, but these do certainly not sum up to 26 %.)
This did not go out of my head, so I googled for Rankaholics at home. It turns out to be yet another Web 2.0 site, this time for user-generated surveys. The cited survey is actually this one (warning: German site). The question for this survey reads:
Programmers are fighting downright guerilla wars, not only between the different OS camps. One should not compare apples and oranges, but now I’m asking the ultimate question: Which is the most beautiful programming or scripting language?
So PHP is only on the top because of the many script kiddies hacking their sites together in PHP. But PHP is really not beautiful, really. Please, everyone, go to this site, get an account (Google Translate is your friend if you don’t speak German) and vote for a language that really is beautiful.