The combination of PHP and Java scripts creates dynamic web pages, and many users do not see crucial differences between them. However, it is simple as it is: script written in Java is used on the users’ computers, and PHP script is used on servers. The appearance of Node.js in 2009 has changes a situation as it allowed Java to be used on a server-side, so from that moment on developers got an opportunity to select one of two languages. So what are the specifics of these languages?
The story of Hypertext Preprocessor started in 1995, and from that moment on it became a number one choice for developers as it serves for many purposes. Nowadays many content management systems (CMS) like WordPress or Joomla that are hugely popular among web developers use PHP so, for the most part, all sites you see on the Internet run on PHP. The reason is simple: CMS provides the easiest and the most convenient and efficient way to create a website with all major features, be it an online catalog, a blog or e-commerce website.
- Both languages are scripts that work in certain environments (browser and server consequently). Both are easier to use compared to other programming languages, and both are appropriate for beginners and professionals.
What are the differences between these two languages?
- The level of simplicity. PHP is considered to be easier than Node.js. The main difference here is a number of code lines necessary to make a server work. Both of them require a few lines of code; still, PHP requires less, and it is more understandable, it doesn’t require in-depth knowledge of closures and callback functioning.
- Single page apps;
- Front-end technologies like Sybase or Backbone.js;
- Server-side technologies like Node.js;
- Solutions like Express.js.
PHP is best suited for:
- CMS’s like WordPress;
- Solutions for Linux, Apache, MySQL,