It's incredible how many people are paid to write articles about programming despite knowing fuck all about the subject. Take a look at a site like PHPBuilder.com and poke through some of the example code in the articles. Most of the time it's absolute dog shit. I guess this is because the good programmers are being paid to write software, while the bad programmers are being paid (a lot less) to write articles about programming.
There's a real lack of articles written by good programmers, which is why sites like The Old New Thing and Joel on Software and Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby are such treasures.