Many popular websites built on PHP are WordPress, Wikipedia, Tumblr, Slack, and MailChimp.
Let’s look at how these languages came into existence, and then we further move to the next topic.
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- It is a very Light-Weighted language because it has low CPU usage. As a result, over 69% of web developers are now using it as per the Stack Overflow Developer Survey.
- Versatile language means that it can run on both client-side and server-side.
What is PHP?
PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor, an open-source scripting language. It is widely used for Server Side language. In 1994 Rasmus Lerdorf created this language. At first, PHP was known as the Personal Home Page. But now, it’s called PHP.
PHP has gained incredible popularity among web developers since it was first released. As a result, this language has been chosen by some major platforms, as mentioned above. Here are some of the basic features of PHP.
- PHP supports multiple databases like MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, etc.
- You can easily access recent logging details and Memory data usage.
- Data loading and data connectivity are also faster in PHP, which helps to enable database management.
- PHP is an integrated language. With that being said, there is no need for compilation.
- It is faster than other server-side languages like JSP, asp.
Type of Language
But let’s compare these two languages with compiled based languages. The compiled one wins in the matter of speed because interpreted language takes more time than compiled-based language.
Demand in the Market
Another common thing between these two scripting languages is that developers for both languages are highly in demand. In the USA, they make roughly around $80,000 annually, as per Glassdoor.com.
Which means they make an average of $30 per hour.
Documentation is not that Good.
Another similarity between both languages is that the documentation is not very beginner-friendly. It is meant for experienced developers rather than inexperienced ones.
Case sensitive means the difference between upper case and lower case when naming entities in language.
Both the Scripting languages are very different from each other in the aspect of Syntax. At the same time, Syntax is a set of rules that runs the language. Some languages use the same word, but the meaning is different from each other.
Syntax of PHP to print Hello World
Echo “Hello World”;
Const x = 5;
You can’t change its value later on.
Whereas, PHP uses define() function for constant.
define(name, value, case insensitive)
The first two parameters within the brackets, i.e. “name and value,” are straightforward. Whereas the third one, which is case sensitive, has a default value of false.
|Client-Side languages||Server Side languages|
|Combined with many languages.||Only combined with HTML|
|Case-Sensitive.||Both Case-Sensitive and Case-Insensitive. (PHP constructs, class names, and function names are case-insensitive, whereas variables in PHP are case-sensitive.)|
If you are confused about choosing the right scripting language for your project, then, just consider the following point.
Pick PHP when your project covers the topic like:
- Back End techniques.
- Servers like Oracle, Sybase, etc.
- CMS like WordPress, Joomla, etc.
- Front End techniques.
- Single Page Application.
- Use Server technologies like Node.Js, MongoDB and MySQL, etc
That being said, it totally depends on your need and expertise in choosing a language. Well, no one knows you can pick both programming languages for your project.
If you have enough time to understand a specific language, you can build a massive and delightful website for the users.
That is it for today, Hope you like it!
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