> Duh. They're right.
Really? When did it become socially fashionable for anyone to disparage another for her choice of programming language?
To attempt to add a bit of perspective to the issue, consider maintaining a 1700-program suite written in business basic over the past 30 years with one-letter var names, few comments, data packed every which way into ISAM files, and with data stored in the ISAM keys. In comparison, PHP is a fantastic and robust language and ECMA Script is a joy to use.
Competent programmers write efficient and stable software in the languages they are most skilled at using.
Decorum prohibits me from sharing my opinion of folks who tear down rather than build up.