PHP vs ASP
27 Mar 2020
We are living in a rapidly changing digital world, where businesses get often confused about which development solutions or programming language to approach when dealing with business apps.
PHP and Asp.Net have been around for a while. They have been one of the most popular and preferred programming languages not even for developers but in fact, for businesses, as they are quite familiar with the norms of these two.
What is PHP?
PHP is a programming language that stands for Hypertext Processor. It started as just a parsing language created by Lerdorf but later was modified by a few different people. This programming language works on Linux and UNIX servers. A scripting language is a set of instructions either to the web browser or to the server. Server-side scripting generally will uses server resources as opposed to a user’s computer. It completes all processes on a server and sends the plain page to the client which means it reduces the client-side computation overhead. In other words, before the data passed to the users' browser, the PHP code is executed on the web server. It supports many databases like MySQL, Informix, Oracle, Sybase, Solid, PostgreSQL, and Generic ODBC.
Function of PHP
The knowledge of two or more programming languages helps the users to see how powerful PHP is as a programming language. Such as being able to generate dynamic web page content: create, open, read, write, delete, and close files on the server; collect form data; send and receive cookies; add, delete, and modify data in a database: restrict users to access some pages on the users' website: and encrypt data. PHP adds additional functionality for the website that HTML cannot achieve by itself.
All kinds of mathematical calculations can be performed by using PHP from basic math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division up to complex algorithms.
- Runs on various platforms (Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X)
- Compatible with almost all servers used today (Apache, IIS)
- Supports a wide range of databases
- Is free to download. Download it from the official PHP resource: www.php.net
- PHP is easy to learn and runs efficiently on the server-side.
What is ASP?
ASP stands for Active Server Pages. It is a server-side scripting language that allows the user to create dynamic web sites with the help of server-side scripts, such as VBScript and Jscript. It is an open, compile-free application environment in which you can combine HTML, scripts, and reusable ActiveX server components to create dynamic and powerful web-based solutions. Active Server pages permit server-side scripting for Internet Information Services (IIS) with native support for both VBScript and Jscript.
Main advantages of ASP
Dynamic web page
ASP supports scripting languages, which can be run on the web server. The user's web page can be dynamically created. For example, the developer can create their web page to greet each user when they log into preferences and country.
ASP enables users to easily build a rich database functionality into their web site, such as form processing.
It is free, so the user can download the web server from Microsoft's web site. In addition, there are no requirements to have any special tools to write an ASP code. A user can simply use any text editor like Notepad.
What is the difference between them?
Microsoft created ASP, and there is no doubt it performs better on the Microsoft operating system than on Linux. PHP works on including IIS. It serves all major operating systems such as Linux, most web servers, Microsoft Windows, Open BSD, and Mac. PHP has a lot of tools and upgrades that are not difficult to install. ASP is based on COM (Component Object Model), which is an overhead for the server. Other comparisons between PHP and ASP are:
- PHP source code makes it a faster script engine. Code optimizers can be used to improve the performance of the compiled code.
- ASP is a patented product by Microsoft, whereas PHP is a free and open-source product.
- Complexity of the code is higher in ASP compared to PHP. Microsoft visual studio provides a rich and powerful IDE for ASP development while other parties develop IDEs for PHP
- Hosting cost is less in PHP than in ASP.
One of the main differences between PHP and ASP is platform compatibility.
ASP is platform-dependent, and PHP is platform-independent. PHP works on many different platforms including Linux, UINX, Solaris, and Windows, while ASP works mainly on Windows platforms. The user can use ASP on Linux if ASP-Apache is installed on the users' server.
IIS is required to run ASP and it isn't free. However, PHP runs on Linux, which is free, so there's no cost associated with it. Even when connecting the database
The Language is another difference between ASP and PHP, PHP uses C++ as the base language, while ASP uses a Visual Basic syntax used by most Microsoft products. PHP's base language is very similar to C/C++. Many programmers consider C/C++ to be the best programming language.
Looking at the speed will show another difference, ASP and PHP don't run at the same speed. PHP is known to be a little faster because it runs on its own memory space. ASP, on the other hand, is built on COM-based architecture, which is a bit slower.
To wrap it up:
PHP is the world’s most used and popular language on the internet thus, it is assisting the developer with a lot of applications. Its community is large and easy to access on the web. The developer can start working with PHP in a lesser time since it’s easier to learn. It is an open-source platform, unlike ASP.NET which is a paid Microsoft platform. PHP is a mix between a programming language and a web framework whereas ASP.NET is a straight application framework.
Both ASP.NET vs PHP works efficiently, given the business case and required functionality suites to their taste.