Source: Are You Affected By WordPress Calypso? | PJ Brunet | LinkedIn

Brunet thinks it’s not going to affect free WP users. Maybe.

What would, I think, be a radical move, would be to recreate the PHP model with node.js.

That is, rather like VB.NET embedded VB and JSP embedded Java in HTML templates, to have a simple persistent node server, loading up Javascript embedded within HTML pages. Purists would gag, of course, at violating the separation of concerns, but this would make it MUCH easier for people to port their PHP applications over to a node world.

Perhaps someone like Zend should be leading this. A next-generation, node-based server, which allowed embedded javascript as an alternative to PHP at the back-end.

Did WordPress just translate itself to node.js?

Big question, will they also open-source this code-base for users to host on their own sites? If so, this is probably the beginning of the end for PHP? WP is certainly the only PHP application I run. And probably the most widely used PHP program in the wild. (Not counting FB here.)

If they aren’t going to open-source it, is this the beginning of the end for WordPress as the world’s most popular Open Source social-software? Is WordPress.com going to try to turn itself into a more closed, “gated” community? With new features only available to users hosting within it? Is it going to become more like Tumblr … or Medium or even FB?

Update : It’s all open-sourced.

XHP actually looks pretty cool. On the surface, it’s just a cleaned up PHP. But the cleaning up (putting XML into the language) actually gives it some of the character I was hoping for in GeekWeaver.

This is an absolutely brilliant summary of the virtues of PHP.

The important point is that these virtues aren’t going away. By comparison this seems to miss the point. In 2020 we won’t be programming the web with an advanced Python framework (wonderful as python is). We’ll have something which does what PHP did for CGI or Processing does Java, ie. wrap a purpose built, sophisticated back-end (something like Google Application Engine) in a light, domain-specific language. That language won’t look like PHP. It would be nice if it looked like Python, but I suspect Javascript is a more likely model.

But it will retain the virtues of PHP : none of this fussy separation of presentation and logic; easy discoverability of where URLs go; fast iterative development; big built-in library etc.

(Hat-tip, BillSeitz for the links)

Loads of nice stuff going on in Squeakland.

Showing Seaside demos to a colleague this week made me wonder whether I need to dive back in. It’s been a long time (15 years) since I wrote any Smalltalk. And what with Python, Erlang, GeekWeaver + some C, PHP, Javascript; and Cache ObjectScript (don’t ask!) in day-job, do I have room for Squeak?

But PyPy Goes Squeak looks fascinating.

As does this conference.