- The HyperText Transport Protocol, or HTTP, was designed to do exactly what the name implies, which is to transport HTML text across a network for viewing. But the problem with HTML is that it is completely static, providing no capabilities to implement logic.
- Basic features we currently take for granted, such as input validation, autocorrect, progress bars or causing a graphic to change during a mouse rollover, would all be impossible for a browser to perform without some type of scripting capability. As a result, when the web first rose to prominence, every vendor in that space provided some mechanism to make HTML web pages more interactive.
PHP was at first created as a simple scripting platform called “Personal Home Page”. A lot of the syntax of PHP is lent from other languages naming C, Java, and Perl. However, PHP has a number of unique features and specific functions as well. The goal of the language is to allow Web developers to write dynamically generated pages quickly and easily. PHP is also great for creating database-driven Web sites.
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This is beneficial for people using PHP as there’s plenty of support provided by ordinary users. Arguably, this makes it the more flexible and the more usable of the two languages.
Simplicity: PHP is conceptually much simpler to use than Node.js. When setting up a server, all you need is a “.php” file with some code wrapped between the <?php ?> tags, enter the URL into your browser, and you’re done. The statement you wrap between those tags can be as simple as <?php echo ‘Hello World’; ?> and it will work. Behind the scenes, a web server like MySQL with PHP installed will be able to interpret the file and display your web page in your browser. Setting up a Node.js server, while not difficult, usually requires more lines of code and a basic understanding of how closures and call-back functions work.
Rebuilding and Customizing: Rebuilding and customization are two fundamentals that either makes a language terrible or great to use. The edge for this clearly goes to PHP. It’s a slightly simpler language and the open source nature of it gives users more choice in what they can do with that language.
Instances of PHP :
- CMS’s like Word Press, Drupal, or Joomla etc.
- Servers like MySQL, SQL, MariaDB, Oracle, Sybase, and Postgresql etc.
- Solution Stacks like a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
- Front-end technologies like jQuery, AngularJS, Backbone.js, Ember.js, ReactJS etc.
- Server-side technologies like Node.js, MongoDB, Express.js, etc.