Author's credentials: not enough knowledge about PHP's development?
Posted Dec 27, 2006 20:26 UTC (Wed) by jake
In reply to: Author's credentials: not enough knowledge about PHP's development?
Parent article: The state of PHP security
> There was little evidence on his CV that he had much education in, experience with, or involvement with PHP; therefore, I called his credentials into question.
I guess it isn't clear to me how much experience is required to comment on and have an opinion about PHP security. That being said, you may also wish to consider that 20+ years of developing software in any language is probably enough experience to rapidly understand a new one. I believe my knowledge of PHP is quite broad, but in the end, I don't think it matters to *report* on the language. There are tons of technical journalists who have a great deal less (or no) development experience than I do, but, at least in my opinion, that doesn't mean they cannot report on things and have opinions about them.
Your main problem with the article (other than getting your hackles up because you perceived an attack on PHP) seems to be my use of the 2002 interview. I did think about whether or not to use it. In the end, it seemed so completely mind-boggling to me that the creator of PHP could not see the issues with both register_globals and magic_quotes after *years* of exploits. I am quite glad to hear that he has changed his mind, but it was and is amazing that after mountains of evidence to the contrary, Rasmus still thought those were good features. I thought readers would find this interesting as well.
> I do hope that the author will consider this feedback in his future articles;
I read all the comments on my articles and will definitely consider what you have said. I don't think you make much in the way of substantive complaints about the article; you just wish it had been a different topic (i.e. future PHP security plans). That topic does sound like a good one, perhaps you should contact Jon and see if he is interested in having you write it. If not, I will certainly consider it for a topic down the road.
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