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10 Experimental PHP Projects Pushing the Envelope

Jul 31, 2010, 18:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Gilmore)

"As the saying goes, "Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should." But in the world of programming, stretching boundaries is just part of the fun. The PHP community has never been one to shy away from bending their favorite language more ways than a shopping mall pretzel, and as the ten wild projects introduced in this article indicate, the fervor for experimentation is as strong as ever!

"1. LisPHP

"Lisp is the granddaddy of countless modern programming languages, having influenced the development of Haskell, JavaScript, Lua, Perl and Python, among others. Learning Lisp -- called "the greatest single programming language ever designed" (see Paul Graham's Lisp quotes page for others) by programming luminary Alan Kay -- is considered a rite of passage by many developers because of the profound impact it can have on the way one looks at programming problems.

"Because of the language's decades-long popularity, quite a few Lisp dialects have sprung up over the years. For instance, you might have heard of Common Lisp and Scheme. MinHee Hong has made his contribution to this long list, creating LisPHP, a Lisp implementation written in PHP. Although only a few months old at the time of this writing, LisPHP already supports an impressive set of features, including an interactive command-line programming environment."

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