PHP was created in 1994 by Rasmus Lerdorf. He created a shell program that was installed as a module for the Apache. It was originally developed as a preprocessor for hypertext pages so that PHP could be easily integrated into HTML code. This approach is not considered a good practice anymore, despite the fact that it used to be simple and understandable to beginners back in the day.
Why it is highly important to choose the right technology
Undoubtedly, the choice of technology plays an important role in your project success. If you’ve made the wrong decision, then everything can fail. The choice of technology can be a daunting task for small businesses and startups that typically operate with limited resources. The smaller the company is, the harder the impact of a bad decision will be.
Fast server connection
One language for frontend and backend
The perfect combination of JS and Node helps professionals in building a robust, full-featured application with minimal investment and in less time. Also, it means low maintenance costs, easy error detection, and the ability to use TypeScript with static typing.
Node.js is open for any development and any technology. There are no limits or strict rules that must be followed before developing a project.
Besides, the Node Package Manager (NPM) is a great help for professionals to develop applications quickly and smoothly.
Node.js has no strict rules or hard dependencies, which leaves space for creativity when developing applications. The developers choose the architecture and dependencies themselves.
Countering Node.js vs PHP, the first has a non-blocking and asynchronous feature that makes an application fast and allows you to manage many events running at the same time. SPAs and data-driven applications are built by using Node.js as their core technology.
Easy to learn
Little effectiveness in operations using CPU
Node.js can run on the server side all the time without breaking the connection. You can do it locally or look for specialized hosting services, like a virtual cloud (VDS / VPS, server environment with full access). Unfortunately, not all hosters can afford it, so the prices will be corresponding.
Big code base
PHP contains a rich and powerful codebase that includes popular web development platforms and frameworks. Moreover, it is so simple that even a person who is not versed in technology can operate it.
PHP has a huge code base for all kinds of solutions, from content management systems to powerful frameworks like Laravel and Symfony. For example, by using WordPress, a CMS written on PHP, you can create a blog in a matter of minutes.
PHP is platform-based, it can run on almost any server and platform. You can write your code once and use it anywhere. Any web host supports PHP, and you can get a MySQL database for a great price. PHP is much simpler here than on the local server, and you will know exactly which PHP extensions are disabled and which are not.
Also, there is a huge PHP support community, which is another benefit for developers.
At the same time, there is a wide variety of hosting sites to support PHP, and you don’t need to rent a full server with SSH access to run your project. It means that the integration of PHP projects and their deployment is somewhat easier for small companies or individuals who can run and manage their applications without any knowledge of console commands.
Unlike Java or Python and other general-purpose programming languages, PHP was designed specifically for the web. That is why it contains all the necessary functionality for working with HTML, servers, and databases. Thanks to the comprehensive PHP language, in most cases you can get by with a minimal amount of JS code in the frontend. Also, it’s worth noting that PHP is interpreted language and Node.js is compiled which directly affects performance. A compiled code can be executed directly by the computer’s CPU. That is, the executable code is specified in the native language of the CPU. The interpreted code language must be translated from any format into CPU machine instructions during execution. This translation is done by an interpreter. It leads to the slower work of interpreted language.
PHP is also quite stable. It has been around for a long time. Programmers have worked on PHP to make it fairly stable and easier for developers to create web applications with this technology. They have spent a while working on bugfixing for different PHP versions and made it fairly stable.
PHP is compiled with numerous frameworks like Codeigniter, Laravel, CakePHP, etc. The PHP backend is highly efficient for a website or an application.
Limited MVC applicability
PHP is not applicable enough for implementing the MVC pattern recommended for web development, which essence is in the separation of application data, user interface, and management logic into three components. You can often find a mix of the HTML and PHP code, where the business logic is merged with visualization, causing difficulties for code maintenance. You can solve this problem by using a suitable framework, but there is more temptation to mix HTML and PHP in one file.
Outdated client-server model
PHP follows the classic client-server model where a page request initiates an application, a database connection, their processing, and HTML rendering. It creates productivity losses. Comparing PHP and Node.js, the first is slower, and because of that Node.js is more suitable for writing real-time applications. But it is worth noting that this PHP disadvantage can be overcome with the help of Memcached. Though, keep in mind that it will create an additional dependency for your application.
The creation of a stable and reliable server side is one of the most important things in app development. That’s why it’s highly important to choose the right technology that will meet all your needs. To be sure that everything works correctly and causes no failure, think of entrusting the development process to a reliable company. Bamboo Agile can become your trusted partner in the backend development process. Simply fill out the form and get a free consultation on better technology. Make your application’s performance incredible!