At the time, it was considered a front-end language with PHP being considered a backend language.
But everything changed when the Node.JS arrived.
While both are object-oriented, there are major differences between the architecture, syntax, and functionalities. Let’s break it down for you in bits.
So, PHP, also known as hypertext processor with the term “hypertext” denoting anything that’s displayed on your browser screen, is a server-side scripting language.
Yes, it’s a scripting language, but it’s also called a programming language. Used by developers for creating websites, applications, and even games, PHP helps you develop programs that are robust, powerful, and scalable.
The last part, “scalable” holds importance here. You see, if you’re looking to create large-scale websites, then you should use PHP. Its feature-rich environment and CMS support help you create highly interactive and extensible pages.
In addition to being interactive and extensible, PHP is also available in other platforms like Linux, Unix, Windows, and Mac.
The following table can prove helpful in understanding both the platforms in an in-depth manner:
|PHP is used for the backend only.||Used for both front-end and back-end purposes.|
|Synchronous development language.||Asynchronous development language.|
|Cannot run without server support.||Runs without a server and through the command line.|
|Integrates with HTML only.||Integrates with HTML, XML, and Ajax.|
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Yes, while the statistics show that PHP has the upper hand with regards to usage with 79 out of 100 websites using some level of PHP code for their server-side applications, it’s partly due to age and the legacy nature of PHP. Among the top-ranked websites 77% use PHP.
PHP, like most open-source languages, is open to the public. The code is readily available for anyone looking to create frameworks or extend the main PHP code. Similar to how Linux expanded into so many flavors (Kali, Ubuntu, Fedora, Arch) you can extend PHP significantly from its original form. It’s because of this fact that frameworks like Laravel and Symfony came into being. The only problem with this is that because PHP is in the public domain and nobody is governing its usage, cracks can get into the system easily. However, the community is very active and ensures that the website code is regularly maintained.
Concurrency in programming is the process of code execution.
In it, you have different units of a program being executed out of order or in a single flow. The final piece of code that is run, however, remains the same.
With PHP code, you have multithreaded blocking input/output that multi-tasks simultaneously which means that the final code runs only when the sub-threads are processed.
Integration with external code
Within an application or a website, PHP can only be integrated alongside HTML.
Ease of learning
When it comes to functionality, PHP is easy to use and effective. There are over a thousand built-in functions available today and, for the most part, are easily accessible online.
Moreover, if you’re using content management systems like Joomla or Drupal, or even WordPress, then you can use PHP for that as well.