Monday, January 13, 2014

Why PHP is so popular than ASP ?


PHP ( Hypertext preprocessor) and ASP (Active server pages) are the two most popular server-side and web programming languages because of their unique benefits over other web development languages. They both allow building of complex and sophisticated sites. ASP was launched in 2002 by Microsoft and PHP was launched in 1995 by Rasmus Lerdorf. They are used in command-line scripting and writing desktop applications. Both ASP and PHP are developed to provide support to dynamic database driven websites but both are very different. These two languages are similar in that they code in HTML, and so the logic can be quite similar.
There are other web programming languages to choose, however PHP is the language of choice for web development for most web programmers as web development industry has been moved in open source application development. PHP is best for this as it an open source, flexible, inexpensive, secure, fast, and reliable.

Open source platform
PHP is an open source platform, which means anyone can access and edit the source code and contribute to future development. It gives an opportunity to create a website with your own requirements as there are no restrictions in customization. Being open source also guarantees that there are very few hurdles in PHP. As ASP is owned by Microsoft, its development team is responsible for responding to support query which could take a while to make fixes.

Server-side scripting
PHP is server-side language which means that processing is done on the web host’s server, rather than on your machine. This allows you to access various sites which are developed using PHP, such as Facebook from any computer, enter your username and password, and access your account. The user does not need any special browser or plug-ins to see the PHP in action.

Speed
PHP programs run faster than ASP programs as PHP code runs in its own memory space whereas ASP utilizes server space while running. PHP code doesn’t use a lot of the system’s resources and doesn’t tend to slow other processes down.

Easy to learn
PHP is a comparatively simpler language to use than ASP. PHP was written in the C programming language.  That is the reason why coding in PHP rest simple even today. Many developers find themselves to be more at ease with the user-friendly nature of PHP when it comes to coding. ASP is a comparatively new development, has a lot of options when it comes to languages. Here, you can use languages such as C#, J#, C++ and VB.net.

Platform Connectivity
PHP has the unique advantage of multiplatform compatibility over ASP. PHP codes can be linked with all major different platforms such as UNIX (including HP-UX, Solaris and OpenBSD), LINUX, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, RISC OS, and probably others. But ASP only works smoothly on Microsoft products and it can be used with only IIS (Internet Information Server). ASP codes are usually run on Windows platforms but if you install ASP-Apache on the server than it can run on a Linux platform as well.

Support and Resources
LAMP is a software bundle that includes Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. These are all inexpensive, scalable, and secure web applications. The bundle is a popular way to distribute these applications. Additionally, there are more support resources and developers available for PHP and LAMP Platforms. ASP relies on an available number of developers at Microsoft for making improvements and updates. There are less support contributors available to solve ASP challenges.

Database Connectivity
PHP is having much better support for the database management system, MySQL. It is extremely flexible which can also connect to various other databases, such as Informix, Oracle, Sybase, PostgreSQL. WordPress uses a combination of PHP coding on MySQL for its content management system. 

Time to Deploy
It takes a larger amount (more lines) of code to accomplish complex features and functionality with ASP compared to PHP, adding more time to the development process. Additionally, PHP is interpreted at the server, so when changing a functionality, no additional steps are required to see the changes. On the other hand, ASP needs to be compiled each time the code is modified which means the development process is more time-consuming when using ASP.

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