I was just using that as an example :-) I have been developing sites now for 20years with everything from php, to cgi and perl. Was an easy transition for me because of my C programming experience. I currently maintain over 150 business sites and use 3 different hosting providers. The php community really isn't my concern as to their support, they don't pay me, just give me the tools to do what I need to do. I have a complete extension library of webassist, project seven, and a good portion of the dmxzone stuff. I find webassist and project VII to provide the best service which has always been my main concern. Some sites I use webassist databridge on others I use their mysqli extension. I really don't use any database extensions from dmxzone because I believe they are way over priced and the other two quite frankly are from this country so our time zones are close. I am spoiled and I like getting service via, chat, phone or email usually the same day. Sometimes I think they answer questions before I ask them, just kidding. In site developing you use what makes you comfortable and profitable and webassist and project seven has always done that for me not like dmxzone who make their extensions quite DW version dependant, a lot like adobe and their version upgrades. I remember when adobe only made a major change o say photoshop, once every 3 years, NOW every year and they have also started not support OR allowing an up grade of software say 3 versions prior. Really aggravates people when you need to drop another 900.00 becasue you can't upgrade.
Anyway, a good developer will work with what they have and learn ALL aspects of their field.