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The biggest battle of modern day programming language for website development is on with PHP on one side and Asp.net on the other. There are many articles you would find with results leaning to one being superior to the other.

In this blog post, we have listed the detailed understanding and outlined with the major differences keeping an open mind. Also, we have prepared a comparison of both the languages. In wide opinions from mobile app developers and mobile app development companies all the above analysis can fall under a few categories such as Scalability & Maintenance, Performance & Speed, Support and finally Cost.

Before we begin to understand the basic features of both PHP and ASP.net, let me say that the comparison between these two are kept unbiased as they both outperform in different ways. We will also understand the factors that are playing a major role behind this but primarily website developers are addicted to PHP as it is free, open source and hence widely used language. On the other hand, ASP.net is from Microsoft which makes it easier for developers to operate across any programming language supported by.Net. The ultimate decision will still be your as nobody knows your project as you do but all we are offering to you is to make an informed decision based on the facts and statistics.

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Lets us now move on to some criteria in which few specifics and differences can be shown:

1) Scalability & Maintenance

No matter you choose PHP or ASP.net for the web app development, the scalability & maintenance depends upon following points:

  • Developer’s expertise
  • Using a solid framework
  • Implementing best industry coding standards
  • Adhering to programming guidelines

Hence, in this category, both ASP.net and PHP stands at the same level.

2) Performance & Speed

This is rather a false notion that the performance and speed are platform oriented. If one were to analyse the performance a website run on PHP and ASP.net, they would hardly be able to differentiate. These two are well equipped with the routine process and yield the desired result such as in accessing file systems, searching images and displaying the pages. Moreover, the speed is depended on the database server, user’s computer specifications and the bandwidth.

Many would lean towards either PHP development or ASP.net supporting one with being more sophisticated or efficient at the core level but what they miss out on is that the core language speed is irrespective in today’s times as hardware are fast enough to support. PHP may not be easier language but then again it was used to build the website of Facebook, MailChimp, etc because of its wide usage and open source. The performance of an application can purely be based on how the code is written and how the architecture is implemented.

 

3) Support

Since PHP is an open source, it is obvious that you would find a number of developers enlisted as compared to ASP.net but both of them has a large community base. Majorly, both the communities are equally useful and available for any query posted in the forum. ASP.net has dedicated developers and one can expect to get a faster response as is not the case with PHP forums and communities.

4) Cost

ASP.net comes with a web hosting fee as the name Microsoft is attached to it but PHP is totally free. You can use ASP.net on your system using Mono project if you use Mac or Linux as ASP.net development services are only meant to run on Windows machines. Contrary, PHP can be used on Mac, Linux or Windows machines.

Overall, PHP is suitable for startups, small and medium business’ website, CRM’s, billing & invoicing websites whereas, ASP.net is formidable for Intranet, Enterprise level websites and CRM’s etc.

Quick Glance at Pro’s & Con’s of ASP.net & PHP

PHP Pro’s

  • Open source
  • Large support community
  • Can take big projects like Facebook, etc
  • Highly effective at accessing various database types such as website content management system
  • Highly scalable and also can be customized as per need

PHP Con’s

  • Not suitable for main desktop applications
  • Runs slower as compare to its other counterparts
  • Customization can cause bugs, error and poor coding than ASP.net
  • Poor error retrieving capacity means takes a longer time to discover a problem with a piece of code

ASP.net Pro’s

  • Owned by Microsoft hence, trustworthy
  • Highly scalable
  • Supports all programming languages
  • Intimates developer about coding mistake before compilation
  • Comes loaded with tools and features for programmers
  • Works marvelously for Enterprise applications
  • lots of pre-coded options

ASP.net Con’s

  • Difficult to learn and understand
  • The support community is smaller
  • Works only on Microsoft server
  • More expensive because of the Microsoft License
  • Based on closed source technology

 

In a Nutshell:

We hope that the above study will help you to choose or make an informed decision for your web app development platform for their business. If you still unclear about your next project, you can get in touch with the top mobile app development company to help you with your project.

Know the complete facts behind PHP and its resurgence

Will PHP survive 2017?”. This is one question that is doing the rounds in the developer community and in the businesses who have built their Apps and sites on it. But, what is PHP in the first place, and why is PHP development so significant?

What is PHP?

PHP, standing for Personal Home Pages, is an open source, general purpose, server-side scripting language that is widely used to develop websites and web applications.

Designed by Mr Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995, PHP has been having a successful run for many decades and is currently 7 versions old. It is one of the most famous and widely used programming languages that even Facebook was built on PHP codes. It was adopted warmly by other Tech giants like Wiki, Tumblr, WordPress and Flickr, when they set up shop.

Issues with PHP

Like any other tech marvel, there is a buzz going on in the tech circles that PHP is losing popularity and may soon become extinct.

PHP does seem to be having some issues. Though it is a robust and compatible programming language, PHP is considered to be too flexible with the structure and syntax, which can be a big drawback. While this makes it easier for new programmers to easily learn and pick it up, it also makes it difficult to optimise it. It also leads to the creation of loosely structured codes that make bug fixing complicated.

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As of 2016, PHP is running on more than 80% websites on the net. In this scenario, the above-described issues will create nightmares for the Enterprises whose sites and Apps are built on PHP Development.

With such drawbacks, it is inevitable that Enterprises shift to other new languages like ColdFusion, Python, Ruby on Rails, so as to avoid potential pitfalls.

Back with a Bang

In response to the changing market trends, PHP has come up with its latest version – PHP 7. And this is compensating the drawbacks such as designs and class groupings and is placing PHP in a competitive spot with other contenders.

Some of the exciting features of PHP 7 as outlined by the PHP developer community are

  • Improved performance
  • Operators like Spaceship and Null Coalesce
  • Declarations like Scalar type and Return type
  • Anonymous classes

According to TIOBE index, which describes the popularity of a programming language, this is how PHP stands out.

 

It is pretty clear from the above graph that PHPs popularity and usage took a dip a few years back, but with the release of its latest version PHP 7, it is slowly and steadily climbing up the chart again.

What do the numbers say?

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Stack Overflow recently conducted a survey covering more than 64,000 developers, as to the most preferred programming language, the demographics, the geography, Developer profile and roles, Experience, etc.

It is clear that PHP still manages to grab a very decent 6th position in the list of Programming languages as the most preferred by the developers, with around 28% of them opting for it.

In the trend that shows how different programming languages are doing over time, it is evident that C and C# have gone down on their usage, whereas languages like Node.JS and Python are emerging as the new favourites. In all this, PHP seems to have a rather steady following.

The PHP developer community also seems to have a steady demand curve, with more than 33.8% of them working as Web Developers, around 38% of them as SysAdmin or DevOps, and around 25% of them as Data Scientists.

The future of PHP Frameworks

 

PHP has many frameworks in its fold; with Laravel, Yii and Codeigniter to name a few. These frameworks are very popular among PHP developers as they help them to develop complex, and secure applications faster. With these frameworks, it is easier than ever to create and run applications with PHP development. Apart from these frameworks, there is also Zend, CakePHP, and Symfony that are very popular, and widely used.
With such a legacy, it is highly disingenuous to even consider that PHP would die out anytime soon.

Current Market Trends

The current market trends indicate the following

  • PHP developer resources are easily available, compared to developers of other technologies.
  • Their Cost- to- hire is relatively lower.
  • The ready availability of these resources means lower maintenance cost as well.
  • PHP is easier to learn and use. This reduces the training costs to a greater extent.
  • A huge number of CMS like WordPress, Joomla, Magento, and Drupal and frameworks like Laravel, CodeIgniter, and Yii – are all based on PHP, making it almost irreplaceable.

These pointers clearly show that PHP is not going to become extinct, at least, not in the near future.

So, is the end near?

Not really. According to the Web usage statistics by CMS Tech, around 21 million sites run on PHP, not to include the popular and widely used PHP CMS and frameworks.

The sheer number of legacy Apps developed in PHP, and the huge PHP developer community is sure to keep PHP in the top 10 programming languages for some more time to come. Even with the assumption, that PHP is no more used, it will still take a good 5-10 years before it gets gradually phased out. What is indeed happening is that instead of being the one major scripting language, it is now sharing the stage with many other popular scripting languages.

Thanks to the revamped PHP 7, its promises to OOPHP, and the immense popularity of its framework like Laravel, it is safe to say that PHP indeed is riding the wave of resurgence.

So, if you are looking for a suitable partner for your PHP development needs, get in touch with our team at Moon Technolabs Pvt. Ltd., one of India’s leading Web development company.

Give us a call at +1(951)801 5251, or a drop a mail at sales@moontechnolabs.com, today!

Key Features of Laravel that Makes it Developers First Choice in 2017

To meet the project’s requirements, developers have to decide upon a framework which will help them to code better and faster. Laravel tops the list of PHP frameworks that enables code re-use and is preferable by almost all Web development companies.

Let’s have a bird eye view at some of its fascinating features:

  1. Testing: Every release of Laravel is thoroughly tested to ensure that application does not break.
  2. Authentication Technique: Authentication techniques can be implemented in a very lucid way.
  3. Blade: Blade enabled views are compiled into basic PHP code and cached before modification. This practice essentially adds negligible overhead to application being developed. Developers get benefit of making use of Sections and template inheritance in their code.
  4. Laravel Routing: Routing becomes an easy task with Laravel accepting a URI and Closure.
  5. Pagination: In integration with Eloquent ORM and query builder Laravel’s paginator provides very convenient and easy to use pagination of database. The HTML generated after pagination process is simpatico with Bootstrap CSS Framework.
  6. Dependency Injection: Performing dependency injection and managing class dependencies becomes easy with Laravel service container.
  7. Documentation: Free training services are provided on Laravel by Laracasts which includes free and paid videos.
  8. Learning: Laravel is easy to comprehend and to be used by novice programmers. Lots of detailed documentation is available, which makes it easy to be learned and implement.
  9. Application Logic: Use of route declarations or controllers helps in integrating application logic which gives flexibility to developers for creating applications of any size.
  10. Web Services: Object oriented libraries with auto complete feature are included in Laravel web services.
  11. Exception Handling: Handling exceptions is easy with detailed stack trace.
  12. HTTP Handlers: Restful routing controllers / HTTP middleware, enable control of logic behind HTTP GET and POST requests.
  13. DB Handling: Laravel has built in database version control and query builder functionalities. In addition to this Laravel database migration makes it extremely easy for the developers to sync between application and database.
  14. Application’s third party packages can effectively managed by Laravel.
  15. MVC: Laravel supports MVC architecture like Symfony which improves application performance along with multiple built in functionalities.
  16. Artisan Console: Artisan is a build in tool for command line provided by Laravel. It helps eliminate redundant tasks and is thus used by Laravel developers extensively.
  17. Security: Bcrypt hashing algorithm used by Laravel and usage of salted and hashed passwords rather than plain texts makes its application more secure than general PHP development. In addition to this, use of prepared SQL statements makes injection attacks a distant dream for hackers.
  18. Caching: Different API’s are provided for various caching systems in Laravel.

 

Summary

With all its amazing features, Laravel has outshined most of the popular PHP frameworks and is clearly the winner in 2017. Also, Lumen, a micro PHP framework, introduced by Laravel community recently helps developers in rapid application development.

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