Why PHP ( The PHP vs Giants)
Before we get into dirty between php vs others war let us understand what php can do and what php is not capable of.To start with PHP is a rapid application development language specifically designed for websites and web applications. PHP cannot be used to create desktop applications, PHP cannot be used to program native apps on android nor it can be deployed in an enterprise environment.Then there comes the big questions WHY PHP ?
These are the reason why php is so popular:
- Rapid Application Development
- Cloud Ready
- Loosely Typed
- Open Source
- Platform Independent
Let Us examine each of these feature Why PHP dominates other language
Rapid Application Development
In year 1970 to 1990 computer technology was prevalent only in research centers and universities where programmers struggled to reduce 1KB of memory usage for months I know it may sound a little exaggerated but it was a reality back in those days when computer technology was evolving from ground up.Now the wheel of technology has taken up a turn, personal computers has brought a revolution a computer in every home.But the number of programmers required to meet the ever increasing number of applications is insufficient and their development time is very important as compared to computer resources like 1GB of ram which is so cheap now-a-days. PHP is a dynamic interpreted language which thus reduces programmer’s time to compile and deploy.
As PHP was designed for the web and cloud is the metaphor for the Internet needless to say PHP is a client server based Cloud Language.Many big Cloud Service Providers provide PHP hosting in their environment.
Learning PHP is very easy unlike the complex languages and it doesn’t mean without complexity you cannot make large applications. In fact the basics of software engineering lies in presenting simplicity.When learning PHP you don’t need to take care of int’s or float’s it is handled by PHP Dynamic typing that automates allocation of data types to your data structure.
PHP itself is open source, no organization can claim PHP is theirs (Not even Zend can ).The complete code of PHP is open and anyone can use it free of cost thus.Many beginners ask me if Security would be a problem then, to them this is the same thing as you or any developer doing your work alone in a room and in an open environment watched by thousand others.
PHP is truly platform independent where developers can write their programs on a windows machine and run it on a Linux machine.The power of Platform independence also does not come at a cost of performance.
Let us study whether these features are given by other languages
PHP vs Java
Java advertises the whole day with its Platform Independent WORA (Write Once Run Anywhere) mantra but programmers know it is not 100% achievable and has serious performance drawbacks.PHP on the other hand is Platform Independent and compatible with a whole series of Web Servers. PHP is a clear Winner here in the race of PHP vs Java. While you need to type and compile every java program php programs are dynamic in the sense code can be edited lively on a hot site.
PHP vs C# Dot Net
C# Dot Net is strictly limited to Microsoft’s monopolistic strategies and thus is never free nor platform independent.It is not also cloud ready as its only supported on Azure platform and programming without Visual Studio the programmers become handicapped.
PHP vs C++
No Pointers, No Data type checks, No compilation needed .If you are one of the few who thinks learning programming should start with C then you might get lost thus PHP is a very good starter.C++ on the other hand cannot be used to develop good web applications.
PHP is the winner between PHP vs All Languages to end the Why PHP debate. Learining a new language is always an advantage and to have PHP in your toolbox it will always serve you a good advantage.And to add to it as I say always
Don’t Marry with any language fall in love with Technology