Why are so many successful websites in PHP? I can list plenty of reasons why it is a crap language, starting with the lack of a type system. However there are many successful websites that are implemented in it. Is it just luck? The guys behind Facebook, Wikipedia were not kids who didn't know better. I think we should start being more empirical when discussing technology choices.

This could be because the choice of implementation language is basically irrelevant, and building the right product is what affects the outcome. Are they actually correlated? Are the behaviours that lead to picking php as the implementation language also a cause of success, or is there an actual causal link here?

Phil Wise

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