> What I learned is that while adopting PHP is free, it is not worth the risk. But PHP is **so** bad that spending hundreds of thousands of dollars JUST on ASP.NET infrastructure (SQL Server licenses, etc.) during the recession is worth it, because PHP isn't enterprisey enough for huge ecoms.
I have been idling around on this mailing list thread until now, but I have to step in after seeing this interesting nugget. Saying something like that is completely untrue, given that lots of big companies do use PHP as part of their technology stack, including e-commerce players.
Choosing ASP over PHP, or Ruby on Rails, or Perl, it's all a management decision that is based on a ton of different things. It could be related to the previous experience of this particular manager, could also be related to being easier to find .NET developers in the Houston area, who knows.
Just like Chris Oakman just said over here, there are good PHP paying jobs here in Houston, but you have to find them. You are not going to find them over Craigslist.org though.