Quote of the week – Jerry Sandoval

I have tremendous
respect for veterans and I have sponsored many resolutions at the Board of
Supervisors supporting veterans’ benefits. In fact, I put a $120 million
measure on the ballot in 2002 to rebuild San Francisco’s War Memorial.”

Supervisor Sandoval found himself in front of an audience outside of the 48 square miles that comprises San Francisco proper, in other words it was hostile territory… otherwise known as Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes. Incredibly, he said that the U.S. should not have a military, said it not once but twice and again today in an op-ed in the SF Comical. I don’t know what this guy is thinking but it really is scarry to think that SF has gone this far into the abyss.

Back to the quote of the day, and it’s a real laugher. Sandoval takes pride in his respect for veterans, which I presume is intended to have us believe he respects the military in general. As evidence of this deep respect he reaches into his deep bag of legislative victories and points proudly to the, drumroll, ballot measure he sponsored to rebuild the War Memorial. Now I know that many of you reading this are not from the area and are asking yourself “but Jeff, what’s the big deal, it’s a war memorial right?”. Allow me to give you the full name for the war memorial in question: San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. Yes, it is the opera house that Sandoval spent $120 million of SF taxpayer money to rebuild. There is a Veterans Building that is also part of the complex; The Herbst Theater, as well as the SF Arts Commission Gallery call that building home… I don’t know if there are any actual veterans in the area but a large number of the panhandlers out front do have “veteran” on their signs.

Finally, a war memorial that most San Franciscans can support. As for me, I’d rather have the USS Iowa berthed here.

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Tim Bray has an interesting post on PHP, which actually gets interesting in the updates (which he appends to from email because he doesn’t have comments, pity). When SAP did the Zend investment a lot of time was spent on the technical due diligence. The slap on PHP has always been that it’s a scripting language trying to be a “grown up” development language… you often hear this from older developers or, for lack of a better term, technology snobs.

Using Python as a contrast there are some distinct disadvantages that PHP has, like:

  • – Python can be run outside of a web server as a separate process, PHP can’t
  • – indententation makes for easy-to-read code, and if you have ever looked at PHP code you know what I mean
  • – PHP has a much larger core than Python
  • method chaining and multiple inheritance in Python, don’t have that in PHP
  • – lots of data types
  • differentiation between array types (lists and dictionaries) in Python
  • – references are difficult in PHP
  • – namespaces and modules in Python

The list goes on and in all fairness PHP has some distinct advantages as well, like the fact that it is very easy to get started with because it’s more forgiving than competing languages (e.g. globals used to pass arguments, all variables are “set”).

In the end, the strength of PHP for the investment decision came down to the fact that there were so many developers using it on so many websites. Community, it’s increasingly coming down to the community and not the technology.

TiE Event summary – web2 in the entreprise

Zoli posted an awesome summary of the TiE event I spoke at last week on Web2 in the enterprise. He was also kind enough to put up the notes on Writely for review before posting, but to be honest I just didn’t have time on Friday to do it so I’m pleased that he posted it anyways. In reading it through I think it fairly reflects the evening, I will post any followup in the comments. Zoli, thanks for doing this.

TechCrunch 5 a hit

This is a little late, but I wanted to post it anyways. Mike’s 5th TechCrunch party on Friday night was a great time. With at least 400 people in attendance you just knew it was going to be a fun time. However, how many house parties have you gone to that have corporate sponsors, live product demos, podcasting, and a slew of really connected always on people?

The new dyanmics of product launch, company pr, and brand building are exactly what is embodied in Mike’s parties. They are the unconference conference, blending a high degree of accessibility to the participants in a peer-to-peer environment with demonstrations of evolving technologies, and finally, an enjoyable social environment. What makes this possible is the easy group forming capabilities that blogs and wikis bring to bear. Make no mistake about it, in spite of it being a house party there is a lot of business going on.

Thanks to Mike and the extended circle of people who pulled this together, it was a great time.

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