IBM Thinks LAMP Apps Need to “Grow Up”

By Deane Barker on December 26, 2007

At the Rational User Conference in Vegas, a guy from IBM got all condescending about LAMP.

Businesses that run on the Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP/Python (LAMP) model will have to “grow up” to avoid reliability issues in future, an IBM executive said.

According to Daniel Sabbah, general manager of IBM’s Rational division, LAMP — the popular Web development stack — works well for basic applications but lacks the ability to scale.

Oh, good Lord, are we still arguing about this? Seriously? I thought anyone who brought this up again was just stupid by definition, but my I will defer further comments to Ryan Tomayko who gets medieval on IBM’s supposed nirvana of the “physical three-tiered app.”

Great, right? Well, no. It turns out this is a horrible, horrible, horrible way of building large applications and no one has ever actually implemented it successful. If anyone has implemented it successfully, they immediately shat their pants when they realized how much surface area and moving parts they would then be keeping an eye on.

It’s a great read, from start to finish. Joe summed it up nicely with this:

It’s not like no one has even gone to a Web site and been greeted with “null pointer exception.”



  1. Having written software in more than a dozen languages for the last 30 years I’m amazed at the insight of the self-elected experts on that subject. Whenever you have experts tackle a subject, they start planning, modelling and complexiting. And you know what – none of these amateurs ever get the job done and few of them have actually ever written usable software. Give them a hammer and a nail and look at an accident. LAMP is a fact. Economically and technically brilliant to solve the REAL day-to-day tasks efficiently. Software is not for eternity. Create it, use it, throw it away, make some more ! Shut off the noise and start programming.

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