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Disadvantages of LASSO over PHP

Posted on 2002-07-11
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Hi,

I am trying to convince a client to choose PHP over LASSO for its WebDevelopment Project.

I am not familiar with LASSO. but it seems to me that PHP is widely spread and more powerful.

- What would be the advantage of using PHP over LASSO
- What is LASSO Anyway ?. Is it more a solution for MAC at least originally designed for it. ?
-  Why should I not choose LASSO Over PHP.
- For what type of application LASSO would really be needed over PHP ?

Thank you for your prompt reply.

Thankfully,

R.
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Advantages of PHP over Lasso.

* It's free
* It is more widely supported across platforms
* It is more configurable

If you want BlueWorld's opinion (makers of Lasso) then check out ftp://ftp.blueworld.com/reports/Lasso_vs_PHP.pdf

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Actually that pdf probably gives you all you need to know, and surprisingly it wasn't completely biased.
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You seem to have already made up your mind that PHP is the way you want to go, but I think the right decision will still depend on a number of factors...

* What server will the application be run on?
If other than Windows or Mac then has to be PHP.

* How complex is the application?
I believe that Lasso will offer better maintainability in the long term if the application is complex.

* How much does the client want to spend on tools?
PHP can essentially be free.  So if they don't want to shell out the cash then PHP is the best choice.

* Available skills
I'm assuming that you know PHP, and now Lasso.  If they want YOU to do the work then there will be some learning required.

* What does the client want?
You know the saying "the customer is always right"
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The client always being right is true, but invariably most clients don't know what they want.

Most clients want it to work. They don't care what or how just that it does.

The tools and design methodology should not really be in their hands, but if it is, then you are pretty much left to their whims!

Some of my customers still want MS-DOS products. They don't "trust" windows. They don't know anything about the internet. Go figure!!!!

For your own further development, always be prepared to use new tools. I'm trying to get my head around visual web design tools. I am so use to doing everything manually, but it is slower but I get much "tighter" layout control. But now I'm moving to template based logic, I give up some control for flexibility. I win both ways.

PHP will NOT be the cure-all for all environments. And I can probably be sure to say that Lasso will also not be perfect for all environments.

Mixing tools is almost never acceptable to clients who "know" what you are doing.

Good luck,

Richard Quadling.
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Thank you all for your comments.

Very usefull

R.
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