Difference between PHP and Node.JS
Although there are various number of different programming languages, it is bit difficult to choose which is most suitable for the development purpose. At one moment particular language is currently used for X project and yet another.
If your project is linked with web development or server side, then you can easily find 2 technologies, which are PHP and NodeJS. Both are open-source and very competitive in features they have.
PHP is a server-side scripting language, which stands for Hypertext Preprocessor and was found in 1994.
PHP has following features.
- Very simple and easy to use, then it is widely used around the world.
- It is already interpreted language, no need for compilation.
- It is platform independent, can use on every operating system.
- Real-time access monitoring provides access logging by creating the summary of recent access for the user.
- Widely used in modern web applications because of fast-growing libraries and frameworks.
- It is event-driven. Doesn’t block any requests to terminate existing ones.
- Has a bigger community around it.
- Comes with a tool named NPM, functions as all in one package control technique could be used any element inside it.
PHP is much older than NodeJS and it has a huge community around that providing the evidence of a reliable server-side scripting language. And used in popular web applications like Facebook, Wikipedia and Tumblr. But it is synchronous which means only processes one request at a time and has several built in functions and libraries to be used in development.
But NodeJS has become more popular by providing new packages for modern projects while PHP is struggling with issues in scaling and unable to keep up to date with today’s tech demand. Because of that professional developers tend to get expertise with the NodeJS.
As NodeJS has developed with the NoSQL it is compatible with all kinds of databases but on the other hand, PHP works well with relational and conventional databases like MySQL and MariaDB because it is older in technology. But it consumes more time when importing the libraries when working with the NoSQL.
When to choose NodeJS:-
If you are thinking of a web application integrating MongoDB, ExpressJS technologies, NodeJS will be a best fit making the development very easy and efficient. And has a good speed because it handles the requests asynchronously and consistent call backs from the server. Hence it can be used with real time applications that has good data-transmission speed.
But the other way it fails in heavy applications that consume high quality graphics and CPU usage. As many third party developers develop it the quality control of the frameworks and libraries cannot be ensured.
When to choose PHP:-
If you are thinking of an application that is connected with single server or centralized server that is not spread within a wide range PHP will be a best fit. And it has the portability among servers. Content management sites like WordPress, Jumla use PHP to achieve their effectiveness via centralized server.
But PHP is poor when comes to the error handling as developers are facing difficulties in filtering, managing the errors with scaled applications. This issue is not related with the small code base applications. With the asynchronous request handling environment error prone code segments cause program crashes.
From these facts, both of these technologies serves well by choosing the best fitting technology depending on the application’s requirements and developer expectations.
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