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1) Do you have any experience with a modern Mac?
2) If so, was it some kind of modded to-the-hilt FrankenMachine with a zillion noname, 3rd party apps?
2) Windows 7 hasn't been publicly available for even a month yet. How can one establish any reasonable comparison?
I've been running the same install of Mac OS X for a solid 3 years, changing only to lay an upgrade of the OS right on top. I can count on one hand the number of times in those 3 years that I've had to hard reboot and at least half of those times were due to my impatience, not the OS's inability to recover and carry on.
I recently changed jobs from a large retailer to a regional financial institution. In my new position, I have the opportunity to shape the company's web efforts. Right now, I'm evaluating a new web host for the company's website. Our public site is currently static HTML only, hosted with a 3rd party requiring rigorous review before any new files are posted. We're planning to move to another third party under which we can have greater immediate control.
I have a bit of exposure to VB.NET and Java under ColdFusion, plus DB2/MSSQL. However, my most extensive experience is with PHP/MySQL.
To the point: Does anyone have any experience using PHP within the context of a bank or other security-sensitive environment? Specifically, a public website. As much as I'd like to jump in and take off using PHP, I'm concerned about its *perception* of insecurity. Even if we don't end up dealing with customer data on the site itself and even if I cover all the bases for securing my application(s) using PHP, I'm wondering if I should even consider that language. Am I being overly paranoid or is this perception as big a concern as I think?
As a result of this apprehension, I've sort of resigned to using ASP.NET and, of course, choosing a reputable web host who supports it. Even though any language can be a risk, if it isn't written securely."