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developerWorks: Command-Line PHP? Yes, You Can!

Mar 15, 2007, 06:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"For many years now, I've been applying a dubious definition of what it means to be an engineer. By my reckoning, an engineer is someone who uses a tool for something other than its originally intended purpose. While that isn't always a good idea, when you get down to it all, invention and, indeed, most innovation come from using something in a way you hadn't necessarily thought to use it before.

"Imagine my surprise, then, when the idea hit me to use my old friend PHP, which has always been so reliable on Web pages, as a command-line tool. I'm hardly the first person to do this, but the idea was certainly new to me..."

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