Keep PHP Alive! Grow a Beard!

Apparently, beards and programming languages have a direct correlation with each other, at least according to Tamir Khason. His latest list (a “take two” from this older post) reinforces the idea, pointing out lots of different languages and the people involved. Basically, the facial hair (beard, mutton chops, goatee, soul patch, whatever) of the major players involved is an indication as to how well the programming language is doing. Language in the “No Facial Hair” crowd include F#, IronPython and Prolog while the cool cats in the “Facial Hair Everywhere” group include C, Perl, Ruby and Python.

So, where does PHP fit on the list? Well, he points to this picture of Rasmus Lerdorf as a positive indicator for our beloved language, but there just might be enough other developers out there to counteract his effect.

For example:

Though thankfully, there’s one growing part of the PHP community that makes it so much better without even having to worry about the facial hair (thank goodness) – the PHP Women (coming soon to a conference near you!)

So, what’s the result? Does PHP pass the “Khason Test” for survival? Could the best way to support the community possibly be to let that facial hair grow? It’s too soon to tell, if you ask me – right now, though, I’d say the current follicle count is tipping in favor of PHP being around for a good long time…

(Oh, and in case you’re wondering – yes, I am a little on the scruffy side myself)

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14 Responses to “Keep PHP Alive! Grow a Beard!”

  1. Brian

    I’m a busy developer in NYC and have sported a beard for years.

  2. Brian

    Also, I’d say that about fifty percent of the attendees at the NYPHP meetups sport some variant of facial hair.

  3. Stas Malyshev

    OK, here’s more for you:

  4. enygma

    @brian: I guess Chris Shiflett falls in the “non-fuzzy” half

    @Stas: excellent! thanks

  5. Christophe Gesché

    “awesome representation from Brazil” … hum no, it’s a pic ture of an aperoPHP that I organize in Belgium….

    aperoPHP are unconventional/informal meeting. is the website to organize theses meetings

  6. enygma

    @Christophe: d’oh! thanks for pointing that out – I changed the post

  7. Ilia Jerebtsov

    That’s funny, I’ve always found facial hair incredibly itchy, uncomfortable, and distracting. Big beards just read as just laziness for personal hygene for me.

    So if the beards are representative of the social life a programmer has because he’d rather code than shave, then it’s obvious why would these people make the best languages!

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  9. John Herren

    Why fight it?

  10. Keith Casey

    I feel all left out and junk. I’m not a core PHP’er, but started organizing the DCPHP Beverage Subgroup. I even serve as the BS President.

    I’m the bearded guy – – with hair most of the way down my back – So I think I bring up the average. ;)

  11. Eli White

    What, do I not count?

    Been sporting my burns+goatee for longer than I can remember:

  12. Graham Christensen

    Alright, I need o get in on this action.

  13. Sara Golemon

    Sorry for my lack of contribution…

    Surely there’s a non-misogynistic way to further the language’s cred?

  14. enygma

    maybe glasses? ;)

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