The only people that "worry" when a new language comes out are those who are not talented enough to adapt quickly (and by "quickly", I mean the 5-10 years that it takes before a laguage shifts to being dominant).
it's funny how something like ruby comes out and gets every php developer worried...
question: since I wasn't around for the big transition from Perl (to ASP) to PHP, what was the transition like during that era? Were people as worried as they were now?
This ultimately begs the question: if there isn't one after all this time, is there really a NEED for one?
Well let me give it a try. Biggest problem with PHP is that it doesn't have a killer framework like Rails. I mean, even Python has Zope (and Django might proove to be another). PHP has managed to go without a killer framework which is quite admirable, but when people wake up realising they want more, they ussualy hit a wall.