Rapid PHP 2018 Review

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Rapid PHP 2018 Review

Postby Will Fastie » Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:28 am

My review of Rapid PHP 2018 is now available at https://www.fastie.com/article/rapid-php-2018/.
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Re: Rapid PHP 2018 Review

Postby pety » Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:46 am

You are a talented writer.

I like when you admit that RapidPHP needs dramatically improvements.
A lot of areas are stacked in the past.

But for small projects is very good, indeed.
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Re: Rapid PHP 2018 Review

Postby pmk65 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:51 am

Great job. Very comprehensive and touches some of the important points.
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Re: Rapid PHP 2018 Review

Postby Karlis » Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:56 pm

Thanks for an extensive and honest review.

A few of the "missing features" mentioned are something that we have in our roadmap, but just could not manage to make happen with the available resources, so there will be improvements in the future and your post certainly helps in this area.
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Re: Rapid PHP 2018 Review

Postby Will Fastie » Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:58 pm

pety wrote:But for small projects is very good, indeed.

What do you mean when you say "small?" How big is "small?"
pety wrote:You are a talented writer.

Very kind.
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Re: Rapid PHP 2018 Review

Postby Will Fastie » Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:59 pm

pmk65 wrote:... touches some of the important points.

Well, now you have to tell me which important points I missed.
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Re: Rapid PHP 2018 Review

Postby Will Fastie » Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:18 pm

Karlis wrote:Thanks for an extensive and honest review.

I try to be objective. We all have our biases and I'm as honest as I can be within mine. As for extensive, probably not but thanks anyway.

I'm laser-focused on PHP, which accounts for the absence of feature descriptions in many other areas. I probably should have talked more about HTML/CSS/JS editing but 90% of the time I'm editing PHP. As you can see from the few examples I put up, I have functions like tagTABLE(...) that format the HTML for me, so I don't even write direct HTML that much any more.

I don't know how your user base stacks up as far as server-side coding is concerned. In theory, PHP should dominate because it is almost universally supported by hosting plans at all price points and is thus an easy choice. After that I'd guess ASP/.NET and then Python. If I'm right, PHP continues to represent a key potential market segment for Blumentals.

I'm sure you tire of my constant references to FrontPage/Expression Web. While that market became less attractive to Microsoft, it is not a small chunk by any means. Something that can replace 98% of what EW can do definitely has a future, and only a smaller company like yours can do it. Sad as I may be about it, I know that I will have to give up two features of EW in order to move forward (DWT and Design View) but everything else has to be there.

You will definitely win hearts and minds if you can provide a path from EW.

I look forward to learning more about the roadmap and you are welcome to get in touch privately; such conversations will remain private.
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