PHP wasn’t different enough. I was prepared to convert to PHP. But upon further review, I think that learning PHP is just learning PHP. It’s great at what it does, but it’s not going to lead to a new way of thinking about programming.
I’m queasy about white space in Python. Anyone who has worked with my code knows that I’m a stickler about proper indentation. And once upon a time, before I converted to emacs, Python would have been attractive. But now that I rely upon emacs to manage my indentation for me, managing it myself seems backward.
I need to take a look at Ruby on Rails. I’m a sceptic, but the buzz about Ruby on Rails is hard to resist. And with first things coming first, it must be time to learn Ruby.