I agree, but that´s what Mike F. Cowlishaw has been saying for AGES.
That s why he created REXX (which predates PHP), and why he evolved it into NetRexx, (Rexx for the Java VM), and why he carefully considered “human beings” into its syntax. He calls it “Human-centered” or “human-oriented” programming language, in other words, a human-friendly one. Plus, as NetRexx translates Rexx into Java, that means the programmer doesn´t have to worry about “porting” his code to different OSs.
So, yes, the writer has a point, but he isn´t by far the first to think about that.