The birth of the open source enterprise stack
Posted Jun 26, 2006 22:33 UTC (Mon) by davidw
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Marketing? Yes, but not quite like you say.
I'm a big Tcl fan (see http://antirez.com/articoli/tclmisunderstood.html for those of you who aren't familiar with the language, or formed your ideas about it in 1996), but I'm going to have to say that rather than a LAMP success, Tcl really fell down on the marketing front a few times:
*) John Ousterhout leaving the helm created lots of confusion. There was no longer a focal point for development, a Larry Wall, a Matz, someone who was the face of Tcl.
*) AOLserver was late to the open source game and didn't "play nicely" with what was already *the* web server. When I wrote mod_dtcl (subsequently Apache Rivet) it certainly wasnt the first server side Tcl system, but I think it was the first open source one, and this was in 1998, when PHP was already starting to be used...
As far as Mysql is concerned, I guess it's just a case of worse is better - "oh, I don't care about data integrity, I just need *fast*" - followed by "well, now we need to add payments, and mysql hasn't really given us trouble so far, and I guess we can handle transactions in PHP...".
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