Which development platform should you select, PHP/Asp.Net?
There has always been a conflict when it comes to choosing between ASP.Net and PHP for web development. Which one do you think is better?
PHP is one of the widely used scripting languages, and developers are addicted to it. On the other hand, we have ASP.NET language that has Microsoft as its backup bearer and can be operated across any .NET supported language.
The point is PHP is a programming language, whereas ASP.NET does not belong to the category of programming languages. C# or VB.Net are the languages usually used with ASP.Net.
That makes it clear! You cannot strike a comparison between PHP and ASP.NET as the latter is a web framework while the former is a programming language.
As we discussed you now know that ASP.NET is used with programming languages now let us examine what are the pros and cons of using PHP and ASP.Net:
It is not a new fact that PHP is free of cost, and as you know ASP.Net is a Microsoft product and hence comes with certain charges.
What are the relative costs when using ASP.Net?
- Buying Windows is an expensive affair:
Developers are aware of the fact that development using ASP.Net is possible only on Windows. It has been designed to work on Windows.
It cannot be a problem to most developers. If you are using operating systems such as the MAC or Linux, you may use the Mono Project to work with ASP.Net on your system.
If we turn back in time, it can be observed that when Windows is used for hosting it is costlier than web hosting done using Linux.
But, now the situation is different. You can easily get the hosting done using Windows as the hosting costs are more or less similar when compared to Linux web hosting charges.
- Integrated Development Environment:
The most widely used IDE for ASP.Net is Visual Studio. Microsoft’s free version of Visual Studio is called as Visual Express.
Some simple things to keep in mind while using either of them for your web development purpose has been stated below:
Regardless of whether you are planning to use PHP or ASP.Net, you need to compile each of them into certain groups as specified below:
- The first form of combination using PHP comprises of Linux OS, My SQL Server, Apache Server and PostgreSQL Server. If you are planning to use this group, then there is more news that will excite you. This group is available for free. There are no hidden charges, and you can even seek the license for free.
- The second combination for PHP is not free. It comes with a considerable amount of fees. This group comprises of Apache, MySQL, PHP and Linux. This combination is one of the widely used ones, but unlike the Windows server, you can get the optimization done with Linux server at comparatively lower charges.
From the perspective of cost-effectiveness, PHP is the recommended programming language.
What is meant by the performance capability of web applications? It is usually determined by how well the interaction between the database, the script and the server is taking place.
Whenever you are planting a web application in PHP, it will take the LAMP form and by LAMP, we mean Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. The LAMP stack ensures an enhanced performance which is all that you are looking for during web development.
MSSQL is the database that is used in combination with ASP.NET.
The OS and file system that is used on the server profoundly impact the performance. A fact is that Linux Operating System and ext4 file system offer a higher I/O performance when compared to Windows and NTFS file system.
Here, we can conclude that a PHP application that runs on Linux OS has chances of performing better than an ASP.Net application that is hosted on a Windows OS.
This means that the performance and speed of a framework of the platform are interrelated. Regardless of which platform or programming language you are using for developing web applications, you need to bear in mind that the speed of communication between the server and the time taken by the browser to open are closely related.
So, when does the speed get affected?
There are three kinds of scenario across which the speed of the platform can be tested:
The first time you can note the speed is when your website communicates with the server. Here, we will not test the platform speed but what matters is the speed of the backend database servers.
Now, what happens is while the web application tries to interact with the database file that is embedded in the file system utilizes the speed of the OS on which it is working.
3. Scalability: Which is better?
When it comes to the scalability factor, we can find that both PHP and ASP.Net are highly scalable. It depends on how proficient the developer is when using either of them.
The most heavily trafficked site in the world is MySpace built on PHP and Facebook; this popular Social Media network uses ASP.Net.
As we have already discussed PHP is one of the scripting languages that is free of cost. It is open source, and also the developer’s community keeps on contributing to the PHP network.
So, who wins?
PHP or ASP.Net?
What’s your answer? From my inferences, I would prefer PHP for a large number of features that it offers. And, also it is free of cost, unlike ASP.Net which will tear your pocket.