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    Best server-side programming language

    I want to study a server-side language, i tried php...
    so can anyone give me in order the best server-side programming language, considering convinience and acceptance.

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    In my opinion the top 5 in no particular order would be
    1. PHP
    2. PHP
    3. PHP
    4. PHP
    5. PHP
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    I don't really think that any of them are better than each other. I guess it's just a matter of opinion.

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    Yeah, it is definetly more of a correct tool for the job than any being "better" than the other. It depends on what you want to do exactly and your requirements. Like PHP will be more easily platform independent than ASP as an example.
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    IMO it's PHP

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    php is the best IMO
    asp.net its alright if you know VBscript then this should be easy for u

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    easiest to learn? PHP

    Best Language in my opinion? JSP

    But I guess I'm in a minority
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    It depends

    Most server side languages in use today offer similar functions and abilities; which one is "best" mainly depends on what you plan to primarily use it for, and whether it is available to you.

    PHP is widely used for personal and small business sites because many hosting providers nowadays support it (and its free); ASP and .NET (and I guess JSP as well) are widely used in more professional environments.
    Then of course there are the newer, "Web 2.0" languages like Ruby--especially in combination with the Rails framework--and Python...
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    perl is also an incredibly powerful language that has been used on the server-side of web applications for years.

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    PHP Blates!

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    PHP has been popularized by the number of scripts and tutorials
    that use PHP and MySQL together. It has the advantage of allowing
    scripting directly in a HTML webpage (with the extension of .php).
    Because it's a "younger" language, I think it's more popular with younger
    people. It will in time, become what Perl is today.

    Perl, actually a more "powerful" language, preferred by big companies
    and serious programmers because of it's tremendous ability to handle
    large amounts of text data. Text processing, file and string manipulation
    is a specialty of Perl. It can also be used with MySQL. I'm not a server
    expert, but I would guess Perl would be the choice for professionals in the
    server fields.

    Because Perl is older, you'll find more "older" men and women programmers
    familiar with Perl.

    I find many similarities between Perl and PHP. It's all a matter of preference
    though, and the ability to find the necessary tools and documentation to
    perform a particular task. Tutorials online are plentiful for both PHP and Perl.

    If I had my own server at home (or business), it would be all Perl. The
    support, the robustness, security, longevity and power would make it the
    one to use. ASP would be the one for Windows Servers.

    But, as a web developer for clients with online webhosts, PHP seems to be
    much easier to integrate into websites. CMS, blogs, existing open source
    PHP scripts, online tutorials ... it does pretty much everything I need for
    developing websites online. The number of open source scripts is simply
    a dream for developers getting into this field.

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    I'm not knocking Perl - it is all those things - but I don't agree that most server-side programmers would necessarily use it. Either it's a small-to-medium solution, in which case it's going to be ASP or PHP, depending on cost and what's available. Or it's an enterprise-level, in which case most server-side stuff I've ever seen has been Java-based. Useful a workhorse though Perl is, nobody would build, say, an inventory system, in Perl CGI. You'd get the big hammer out and start writing servlets. Or struts. Or whatever Java buzzword is big this week

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    I can't describe this, so you'll have to try it yourself and see ....

    Take a look at the posts/threads in the PHP portion of this forum.
    http://codingforums.com/php/

    Look at the questions, the answers, the discussions, the language
    structure, usage ... get a "feel" for the aura of the PHP forum.
    Get a "sense" of the whole thing and take it all in.

    Now ...

    Take a look at the posts/threads in the Perl/CGI portion of this forum.
    http://codingforums.com/perl-cgi/

    Look at the questions, the answers, the discussions, the language
    structure, usage ... get a "feel" for the aura of the Perl forum.
    Get a "sense" of the whole thing and take it all in.

    Then ...

    Report back to this thread with your "thoughts" and "feelings" on the
    differences you see between the two server-side languages based on
    your observations with the two forums.


    "see what I mean? I can't describe it, but it's two totally different worlds."
    Both are server-side languages, both are useful, both are popular ... but ... tell us what you think.

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    PHP borrowed a lot of concepts and syntax from perl, which is why they are so similar.

    perl has a sharper learning curve do the brevity with which you can accomplish complex things. This makes it quite difficult for new programmers to pick up when compared to PHP.

    PHP is also hyped a lot more than perl is today, so many new programmers will find themselves using it, both on windows and linux, because not only is it hyped, it's free and cross-platform.

    And, because of that, cheap PHP programmers are plentiful. And so, they are hired more for lower paying programming jobs, while experts in perl are getting jobs from the slowly shrinking by higher paying programming jobs that require development and maintenance of complex perl systems.

    I think that simply by viewing forums on the web, you don't get a good sense for the entire picture, just an interesting slice.

    perl, to the best of my knowledge, can be quite a bit faster than PHP, especially when processing strings.

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    In 2010 the answer is more clear than ever. If you don't know PHP and you call yourself a developer you are a dying breed.

    PHP is THE server side language. Joomla, Wordpress and Drupal are all written in it.

    This isn't to say that other languages might be more appropriate for the specific job. Its just that PHP is more common and therefore more useful than anything else.


    I am new to development. Its obvious what I am learning first!
    Last edited by NewSpark; 07-09-2010 at 06:11 PM. Reason: typo


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