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Switching From VB to PHP

by: Peter
July 30, 2000

When you switched from pedaling a bicycle to driving a car, what was the hardest thing to learn?
Changing programming languages is exactly the same. This article focuses on the switch from Visual Basic to PHP. First we look at the bicycle to car changeover then specific help for VB programmers starting out with PHP.
On my first time in a car, I fount it hard to remember to use the indicator. There was no equivalent on my bicycle. Braking was even harder. My bicycle had brake levers on the handlebar. In the car during an emergency, I had a real urge to squeeze the steering wheel instead of pushing my foot on the brake pedal. Conclusion: Learning something new is hard, relearning something old is harder.
Changing language involves the same weird problems. I learned Assembler then COBOL. I could easily switch between the two because they were so different. I find Microsoft's Visual Basic harder. There are at least 20 versions of VB. Some versions have sophisticated functions of immense value but I never use them because I only remember things that work across all versions of VB.
If changing cars were the same as changing versions of VB, some cars would be missing brake pedals.

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