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Which language is best?


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Poll: What language is best 2 know for web development? (60 member(s) have cast votes)

What language is best 2 know for web development?

  1. PHP (49 votes [81.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 81.67%

  2. ASP (1 votes [1.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.67%

  3. ASP.NET (2 votes [3.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.33%

  4. JAVA (2 votes [3.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.33%

  5. XML (1 votes [1.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.67%

  6. Other . . . . . . . . . . (5 votes [8.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

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#21 Lord_Gandalf

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Posted 01 June 2004 - 03:34 PM

I'd say PHP because its the easiest to learn but if your looking for the most powerful, then perhaps XML? But goodluck getting your head around it.

#22 brochris

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Posted 01 June 2004 - 11:37 PM

<personal opinion>

Since the original question was "for web development", and not for knowing in general, I would say the best to know would be a toss up between php and asp. Learn the one that your host supports, and if your host supports both then learn php. Both server-side languages are generally capable of performing the same tasks, but I would say that php is easier to learn and therefore "better."

</personal opinion>

#23 Jag

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 03:04 AM

PHP, hands-down.

Perl is another good one to know, but in this day and age PHP is moving ahead of Perl quickly (in the web arena at least). :)

#24 Logistikal

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 07:06 AM

Does CSS count? Because I voted other for it, makes the web infinetly better.
Design with standards.

#25 psyris

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 12:45 PM

lol CSS is for style sheets, for improving the look of the website, i was more meaning programmable therefore for developing web applications but still i agree with u that css does make the web a far better place.
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#26 Logistikal

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 06:25 PM

In that case...I guess I'll have to go with PHP:P
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#27 Gydian

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 06:23 PM

It really depends on what you're looking to do content-wise. If it's going to be based on the net, then go with PHP or Perl. Personally, I prefer PHP for the simplicity it offers while coding, yet I lean towards Perl for some other things just because it's fun to get out of the loop every once in a while.

If you intend to do something much like an MMORPG, then C++ is the best way to go. Especially if you want to do client-type things. From there learn Java as both languages are very similar in a lot of ways.

I know a lot of programming languages and I'd have to say that if you're looking to learn something easy, you're better off going towards PHP. If you're looking for a challenge, go towards Java/C++.

#28 Derek

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Posted 01 July 2004 - 10:24 AM

PHP is good, but you have to be careful with it if you're working with MySQL. If you don't know too much about databases, you could lag your site up real quick.

#29 illumina

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Posted 08 July 2004 - 01:31 PM

PHP. A lot of people like ASP, but theres something about Microsoft and the amount of buggy releases they have that just doesnt sit well with me. Perl won't be any good, it's becoming obsolete, it's a very sloppy code, at least that's how I see it. PHP does everything any other programming language can do, it's a simple logical code too. The only other thing I'd consider learning would be coldfusion.

#30 RedGear

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Posted 13 August 2004 - 01:03 PM

ASP is ok i guess.
PHP is be far the best once you learn php javascript will come easy and shell and bash scripting can be worked into php so can XML so basicly php is like english. Once you learn it you also learn abit of french (another language such as javascript)
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#31 LiveWire

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Posted 31 August 2004 - 06:07 AM

PHP all the way IMHO. The speed of PHP and MySQL is just amazing. If you have an idea for a website. It can be done in php. :) Oh ya i voted for PHP :p

#32 gluc0se

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Posted 01 December 2004 - 01:47 AM

Goin with PHP... Great language :) I have done so much with it, and am doing more everyday.

Also, one great thing about all these languages is that the concepts and what you need to know for each are awfully similar... It's just learning the nitty-gritty and syntax differences among them... But that makes it easy to learn one language and then pick up others... I learned C++ in school for 3 years, then a course in Java... Now I can pick up PHP, Perl (even LISP for this thing in school, LMAOOO), and whatever else I genuinely want and put time into learning... And I am now exception, anyone can and I urge them too ;)

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#33 Dumb Genius

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Posted 19 January 2005 - 10:22 PM

It depends on what you want to do. I use PHP the most and I would lie to say that some languages here are pretty nasty. :p
PHP was very intuitive for me since I had good basics in C++ for example.
I like web programming but I prefer hardware programming in assembler the most ;)

#34 aaronbassett

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Posted 15 May 2005 - 10:51 PM

Hmm I use different languages together to complete my projects. I love the way PHP can be used with Actionscript to create dynamic applications and store information in a mySQL database.

I dont know if i can pick one specific language out of them all - to be honest if I had to it would be HTML - without it the rest basically falls down ;)

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#35 will7

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Posted 22 May 2005 - 09:23 PM

I'd have to go for a PHP/MySQL combination. It's just such a flexible and useful combo to learn and it enables you to do such amazing things.

I am still in the pretty new learning stages but I'm already very impressed with what it can do. Can't wait to explore it's features further and learn about the true capabilites.

Even though it is a combination of many languages and programs that go into making a website, PHP is very commonly used by myself and many other web designers / developers that I know.

I love PHP :)

#36 SubKamran

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Posted 28 May 2005 - 04:40 PM

I prefer ASP.NET because for someone like me it makes my head hurt less. It's just so easy to use, so powerful, and is much more organized out-of-the-box. You can also get a free editor, ASP.NET Web Matrix.

I've used some PHP before... but I like the object-oriented programming of ASP.NET better. I also like the simplicity of it, and I love how all the code is totally separate from my HTML.

PHP is very powerful, but I have a hard time reading it while using ASP.NET I am just more comfortable. Example:

PHP
<?

//This will return the day of the week in full textual format (i.e. Sunday, Monday, etc...)
echo date("l",mktime());

?>

ASP.NET
' Same thing, but it will display it onto a Label within your page

label1.Text = Now.DayOfWeek.ToString

You see what I mean? :p PHP is all fine and good, but I will stick to my ASP.NET.

Plus, I think to do more powerful things (web services, XML, etc.) it's a lot easier in ASP.NET; you don't need to download anything new. I also love the error handling in ASP.NET...

' Web site that was requested timed out
Try
    labelHTML.Text = GetWebPage("http://www.google.com/")

Catch exception As Exception

    Throw New ArgumentException(exception.Message)

End Try

It's also not case sensitive... which I like, though I keep everything in the proper case anyways.

Also, with PHP you have to put your code onto the server. With ASP.NET all you do is upload one file (a DLL) that contains all your source code that no one can access. And even if they manage to get it, there's no way to de-assemble it.

ASP.NET is more like a programming language than a web programming language. There are Classes, Modules, etc. and to me, it's much more organized.

I forgot to mention. If you are a PHP person and want to be more comfortable with ASP.NET, you will enjoy C# instead of what I use VB.NET. ASP.NET supports multiple languages (J#, C#, and VB.NET). C# is more like PHP and is also like C++ or C.
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#37 Young Twig

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Posted 15 July 2005 - 08:46 PM

Sorry to revive an old thread, but I like PHP the best of those choices. I've recently started using C#.NET for Windows.Forms applications, also. I love .NET for Windows programming, but for web programming, I find ASP.NET makes little sense (probably only since I learned PHP first. :p). PHP also has a huge userbase, so it is easy to find help.

#38 TurtleX

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Posted 24 July 2005 - 01:20 AM

I voted PHP. Fast, flexible and can be ported across many platforms.

#39 psyris

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 03:11 AM

LOL, and old thread revived cool. i havernt been in the forms for a while. Yeah .net is cool and easy to use for windows programming done some work with it, its fun
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