Okay. So I sat down and had a real think about whether I really wanted to write a SQL interfaced RDBMS. And come to think about it, I really didn't... which isn't really that bad of a thing... after all, who wouldn't jump at the chance to add another language to their list?
So I'm giving PHP a chance... so far, I really like it. There's a lot of functionality that Just Makes Sense(TM). Personally, I don't care for the automatic variable declaration. Experience has taught me that requiring variable declaration is the path towards saving 99% of your headaches... time will tell again.
After using PHP for about three days, it suddenly occurs to me that there is a HUGE security flaw in the way it is making me access form variables. Woah. There is NO WAY nobody has seen this before me. So I check the version number... at this point in time I shall note a second strike on the COMPLETE_IDIOT board for my ISP. They are running some version of PHP from the stone age. And yes, somebody has definitely noticed this security flaw, and it has been patched for close on a year.
This is it. I am changing my hosting company. I have come to the realization that they are completely incompetant. Well... not completely. They managed to write a perl script for their proxy to replace all incoming ads with crappy ads for local companies that they are selling. I wonder if doubleclick would be interested in that information, and the ISP's name?
Off to find a REAL hosting company.