Updated May 10, 2023
- The HyperText Transport Protocol, or HTTP, was created to send HTML text over a network for reading. However, HTML is entirely 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 be impossible for a browser to perform without some 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 first created as a simple scripting platform called “Personal Home Page.” Many PHP syntax is lent from other languages naming C, Java, and Perl. However, PHP has several 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.
Some similarities are given below:
- 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 cover 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. While not difficult, setting up a Node.js server 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 make a language terrible or great. The edge for this goes to PHP. It’s a slightly more straightforward language, and the open-source nature of it gives users more choice in what they can do with that language.
Instances of PHP:
- CMSs like Word Press, Drupal, Joomla, etc.
- Servers like MySQL, SQL, MariaDB, Oracle, Sybase, 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.