My first love in web programming has always been PHP. I spent many hours

learning it from books and the web. I remember the general feeling of awe I

got when I first realized that all an authentication system needed was to

compare a username and password to a MySQL database, and if you only got one

row back, the user was authenticated. I’ve build websites in PHP for lots of

people and tons of purposes. I even started a CMS engine before writing those

became vogue. I’ve been there, done that. I even had a [PHP

sticker]1 on my car. Yup,

got tons of crap for that.

But the grass is always greener. I had an affair with

Rails that lasted a few years. I wrote some dumb

apps in it (the quintessential blog) and spent a lot of time noodling in it.

Still, the only thing I really liked about Rails was Ruby, and I ended up staying there for a while and doing some [neat

things]4 with it. I left Rails for a while, but after

my knowledge of Ruby had grown I went back smarter and more equipped. Again,

however, I fell out of love. The overhead wasn’t worth it, and deployment is a

bitch.

Never content, I’ve recently dipped my hand in to

Django. I don’t know Python, but I want to. I’ve

come to terms with the idea of code indention, and I’ve done that most of

programming life anyway. Django runs some big sites, and I want to like it.

The programming style matches what I like, and I’ve fallen in love with the

template engine. I really going from model to database to Eddie interface to

application in a matter of hours minutes. Halfway through what will be a

really neat application, I’m starting to hear the call of PHP again. I’m tired

of “learning” every step along the way, and with PHP there’s comfort in

familiarity. And for some reason, I seem to really want to trash a few weeks

of code to start over in PHP.

But even then, what framework? Why reinvent the wheel when there are systems

ready to go? Code Igniter? CakePHP? I’ve dangled in both, but never really dug

either. Again, I want to like Code Igniter, but there’s things to learn again

and no template engine. CakePHP also doesn’t have a template engine, but it’s

(in my opinion) a little more mature. But maturity doesn’t count for anything

ultimately, it’s all about ease of use to me.

So what do I do? I just don’t know. I want the templating and Eddie interface

of Django, but the ease and familiarity of a PHP based variant. Just

troubling. LIke I said, I believe in Django. I think it’s got a future and

that it’s proven itself in flagship sites. And somewhere in the back of my

head, ColdFusion’s sirens call me back.

What to do, what to do. If you have a suggestion, leave a comment. But before

you do, I’m not in need of Viagra, and I don’t have any rich, Nigerian uncles

who left me money. Comment spam sucks.