Disclaimer – I haven’t read this yet, I’m heading out the door and home to make myself some dinner! I see that this paper is from 2002 but when the author recommended using Perl I had to link this and read it later! Cracked me up. hehe.
… few languages are as bad as PHP for doing serious development work. The author and his colleagues have had good results with Perl, and believe that languages such as C++, Java, and Python should serve equally well.