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Old January 29th, 2009, 03:33 PM
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Default Where is the future php or asp ?

Hello wrox experts , Sorry if it is not the right section to write this topic but I did not find more suitable one .

I am a new web developer , almost finished basic web programming languages (html , xhtml, css , .... etc )

now I am thinking about my future real language , (Php or asp .net) ,

I know this question had been asked a lot around the web , but I want the answer from Wrox experts

to be more accurate , What programming language is more perfect for business dynamic websites ?!

which one gives you the power to do different app ?!

More Secure ?! ... rapid development ?!

Also what database is better (MySQL or SQL server 2005) " do not consider how does it cost in your opinion)

Finally , I will be grateful if You tell me the language used for (Google, Yahoo, Ebay, Paypal)

Waiting for you , as I will consider your opinions greatly in choosing my next programming language .

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any answer
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You know, this is kind of a pointless question, because those who prefer PHP will answer "PHP" and those who prefer ASP.NET will answer "ASP.NET" (and those who prefer Java will answer "JSP" or "J2EE" or...).

I think they *ALL* can be used for most any application. I haven't done much PHP, and it strikes me that it *REALLY* needs to be used inside some "framework", much as JSP is now done in one of several frameworks (e.g, Tapestry or Spring or Struts or...). I have zero experience with PHP in frameworks and don't even know which ones are available. Assuming that there is one available that is as good as the JSP frameworks I mentioned--or as good as the framework provided by the combo of using Visual Studio and ASP.NET--then I don't know that it would really make any difference at all.

The "trick" here is to use building blocks that are tried and tested. If you were to write JSP or ASP.NET or PHP without using ANY framework...well...it certainly can be done in all 3, but you will work a *LOT* harder. You will be reinventing the wheel.

It might be better to ask "Which technology will (a) last the longest and (b) will pay me the best?" Right now, that does *NOT* seem to be PHP. From my own experience. And I'd have to say the JSP is still somewhat behind ASP.NET, even with the advent of frameworks like Tapestry. So I would *LEAN* towards ASP.NET, but that might just be my own prejudices showing.


Regarding the databases: Hands down SQL Server is better than MySQL. Period. So much better in so many ways that it's almost not worth discussing.

Having said that...

For 95% of applications, I'll bet either one would do equally. I *LIKE* MySQL. I used it when I can. But if the application is "mission critical" and I didn't have to worry about the cost...I'd use SQL Server. (But don't forget about Oracle!!! It might be the best of all. I just don't have any real experience with it, so I can't comment more.)

As for "what language to learn next"? I know Fortran, Pascal, Prolog, C, C++, VB.Net, Java, JavaScript, HTML, a dozen different old BASIC dialects, and a half dozen assembly languages. Why stop at one language???
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I've got a couple of different takes on this.
First, if I were new to writing web apps and wanted something I could get quickly proficient with, I'd probably pick ASP.NET because of how easy and powerful Visual Web Developer is. You can get a lot done with very little coding with that tool.
But second, as Old Pedant says, it's useful to be able to work with many languages. We just deployed these new forums using vBulletin which is written in PHP. Why? because vBulletin does so much of what we need already, the job was 90% or more done for us, we just did a little customization in PHP. In this case, we let the solution pick the language.

And I'll also throw out a few broad generalizations and I'll let the others here refute and poke holes in them:
  • The .NET languages (ASP.NET, C#, and VB) have better penetration in enterprise use
  • There's still a lot of Java programming done on big government jobs in the US
  • I see PHP, python, and other open langauges getting their best footholds in newer startups, small non-profits, anywhere with fewer ties to enterprise buying habits
Google and Yahoo use a lot of PHP and Pythong I believe, both of them have also been at the forefront in JavaScript lately.

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Have to agree with everything Jim said. Sometimes there's an application that just *must* be used, no matter what the technology.

FWIW, Amazon uses an amazing mix of technologies. From custom adaptations (*heavy* modifications!) of open source web servers (i.e., Apache, I *think*) to Java to C++, using databases from Oracle and MySQL and a lot of "roll your own". Truly, they don't seem to put all their eggs in any one basket.

p.s.: And I did say I lean toward ASP.NET. Given a brand new project with no obvious reasons to go to something else, that's what I would choose. Yes, with SQL Server 2005 or newer. That's despite the fact that I just spent 2+ years working almost exclusively with JSP.
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Really , I would say thanx for the Thorough explanation you did .

I was pretty sure I will find the answer here .

I will go with ASP .NET @ first & I will see what I can learn more .

I will leave the topic opened for discussion if somebody else would say his word as I know it is a critical question for any starter programmer before choosing his destination .
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php and mysql, there are very good for us
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Default Undoubtedly asp.net


Undoubdetly you have to opt for ASP.NET WITH C# and mssql server


asp.net is an exhaustive web technology with tons of features. More that 10,000 classes at your disposal.

more secure,

seperated Applicated Layer, Business Layer, Data Layer coding.

less coding ( will take some drag and drop methods to build a guest book, rather than old fashioned way of writing 100's of lines of code)

Most of the banking solutions, airline reservervations systems are programmed with asp.net.

You will learn disciplined structural programming with C#.

Lots of books written in ASP.net and C#

There is always bunch of peer developers to help you at any time in all the forums.

First i started with Asp.net and VB , then i moved to C#.

I donot want to give a generalized opinion.

I want to suggest what is best for me to you.

good luck

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