Busting the Myth… PHP Vs ASP.NET

Software development is a fascinating thing. There is so much depth and creativity in this field that one cannot simply label themselves as the master of this field. Whether it is Coding, Software Testing, Implementation, Marketing, Networks or, Cloud Computing, each step we move ahead into the next millennium, something new comes around the corner.

With such diversities, software professionals often find themselves questioning about their careers and expertise. This career twisting now plays a vital catalyst for progress in IT industry. As, no one can be called “Jack of all trades”, because the demand is for the masters of the game.

In fact, this whole scenario leads to unquestionable loyalties which modern software professionals depict with their personality. The tool, IDE, and platform are like home to a developer and hardly it is seen that software engineers change their development domains on a frequent basis. However, being an expert in more than one development environment is something good to have in your tool belt. This often leads to a division of mentalities among developers either working in the same company or different setups, the undeclared loyalties to languages, tools, and environment often plays its role as a game changer in developers lives.

On the similar lines, the market capturing war between ASP dot Net and PHP turns out to be another similar loyalty war between developers. The choice of learning and gaining the expertise in either one is a something not new to CS Students and even professional software developers.

So, this opinion is hopefully going to put an end to the perplexity, which is an honest attempt to resolve these career choice uncertainties.
Ratio of Supporters
You will find a considerable number of developers that are swearing for PHP alongside a similar number of professionals supporting ASP dot Net, which doesn’t give any clear idea. Hence, to be sure which tool to choose, we need to take a closer look at some typical tech factors;

Before moving forward let’s keep notice of the following points
• Both platforms, ASP dot Net, and PHP are upgraded time to time so keep improving their performance and usability.
• Both of the platforms have been used for equally large projects, thence both are capable of building and supporting major web projects.
Ease of Use/ Coder Facilitating
If you are a developer who wants it to be really quick every time, PHP is for you. Serving the same functionalities but ASP dot NET tend to take more lines of code in comparison. An obvious take over by PHP, Right?

On the other hand, ASP dot NET lets you code with a free mind, no ‘highly organized or die’ approach, this makes ASP dot NET believed to be flexible, as you can go with the mentality that fits you best. You can easily apply the PHP kind of coding approach in ASP dot NET- No worries!
Speedy
PHP is an interpreted language which means the code just needs to be uploaded and its done! After all, who has time for the compilation process like we need when we use ASP dot NET each time?

PHP is particularly designed to be proficient when it comes to speed coding and not the execution time. If your job doesn’t have anything to do with highly competent back-end performance PHP is not a likely choice for you. Otherwise, like most of the web stuff is designed i.e. databases, or server HTML, switch among features quickly. PHP is capable of supporting all of it like a boss.

The code in ASP dot NET is compiled into an intermediate language (IL), which is then just-in-time compiled by the .NET run-time. The IL, however, is optimized, and the .NET run-time executes it. But it’s still very fast.

Confused?

Let’s just make it simpler, follow the below-mentioned guidelines and welcome to a faster ASP dot NET application;
• Use Bundling and Minification in ASP dot NET
• Disable View State where needed for certain chunks of code, you can even do it at page level and even at application level
• Use effective paging
• URL Compression
• Use sprite images instead of a series of many images
• Deploy your app in ‘Release’ Mode
Maintenance
It basically includes
• Good Programming Strategies
• Reviewable / understandable Code
• Most possibly optimized
• Easily amendable
• Well encapsulated
• Up to Programming Standards
The list of above factors clearly define that one cannot have a well-maintained website or web application by just relying on the platform they chose, this quality is totally dependable on development skills and strategies.
Reliability
In early days of the internet when most of the cyberspace comprise of static websites, the need for the constant manual modification was served well with ASP (Active Saver Pages) as the previous websites lacked its potential where the user need to generate different pages on certain actions (dynamically).

Most sophisticated websites like Amazon, eBay are built using ASP dot Net. Without ASP dot Net those websites were not possible.

Also the fact which cannot be ignored was that the websites performing enormous tasks like Bing and Google are mostly focused on using open source platforms and prefer development on such platforms, and this gives PHP a plus point!
Efficiency / Performance
PHP performance continues to get better with every release to about 20-25%. In the recently upgraded version, you get a bundled opcode cache, which has driven the performance measure of PHP phenomenally!

But then there is a performance foster which ASP dot Net holds. As it consists of numerous libraries making it organized and prowess and hence increasing the rate of effective performance. Furthermore, its foothold continues to grow as Microsoft expands new and revitalized products like Azure (Microsoft’s Cloud platform) and Windows Phone, respectively.
Security
ASP dot Net, with built-in Windows authentication and each application’s configuration, makes your applications safe and secure.
On the other hand, there is a general concept that it is not really secure to have websites built on PHP. As we study facts it turns out to be a bit different case, PHP is as much secure as any other language. It’s suggested to not relying on the built-in tools but be pro-active though it has become easy to manage the security using the tools defined but it also brings risks and weakness, one must be capable enough to make its application ‘safe n secure’ on his own.

Having all the facts on board, it still seems like a myth, in fact, it is not! Basically, it shows that a developer of any platform must not keep himself bounded believing that it’s the BEST platform because it’s actually not the only best thing… Always keep defining new horizons for yourself and don’t let your comfort zones become your prison…!
So, the decision is utterly in your hands!

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