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PHP or ASP.Net: Choosing the Right Platform for Your Web Development needs

If you ask anyone in the website development sector about the most popular technology platforms for web application development, you are most likely to hear one of the two names, or maybe both—PHP and ASP.Net—two technology platforms that bring in the lion’s share of the web development market. It is by the law of nature that anything existing in this world has its own pros and cons, and most often a merit for one type of entity in a situation turns out to be a demerit for another. In simple words, your choice must be guided by your requirements, and how a particular tool will help you to meet those requirements. It is quite obvious that one ought not use a sword where a needle is required, and vice versa.

Both PHP and ASP.Net web application development have stood the test of time and have been successful in developing great websites. It is simply a matter of choice based on which platform is suited for what type of projects.

PHP vs. ASP.Net: From a Technical Perspective

PHP is an open source, server-side scripting language. ASP.Net with the coming of ASP.Net Core has entered into the world of open source. It has a compiled type programming with development languages such as ASP.Net, C#, C#.Net and F#.

When it comes to the development tools, PHP uses NetBeans, PhpStorm, or any other simpler editor. With ASP.Net, the development tools most commonly associated are Visual Studio and Mono.

PHP development services since their fledgling days have followed the paradigm of all-inclusive server OS—Windows, Linux, and Mac. ASP.Net was associated with only the Windows server OS but ASP.Net Core, as a web framework, is now free, open source, modular, and allows cross platform development.

PHP has syntax similar to that of the syntax of C and C++. Since these two languages are preliminaries in computer programming education, the learning curve becomes easier for the programmers. ASP.Net has syntax similar to Visual Basic.

Parameters Guiding Your Choice

Let us now compare PHP and ASP.Net based on certain important parameters.

Cost-Effective Development

Cost is the major driving factor for enterprises of different magnitudes. PHP is distinctly advantageous over ASP.Net when it comes to cost. ASP.Net being a Microsoft product has some cost associated with it. PHP is free, open source and embraces all the operating system platforms—Windows, Mac, and Linux. With the advent of ASP.Net Core, however, open source and cross platform capabilities have been inculcated into the ASP.Net framework. The development environment for ASP.Net is Visual Studio. Although Microsoft offers a free Express version, it is suitable for beginners, not for professionals.

Verdict: PHP wins if we are only considering cost. If an application built can serve the same purpose with PHP as it can serve with ASP.Net, PHP is definitely likely to be chosen over ASP.Net.

PHP – 1

ASP.Net – 0

Lightning Speed and High Performance

Performance and site speed do not depend upon the platform. ASP.Net and PHP are the platforms that are being widely used since years. Both are well-equipped to run routine processes, run file systems, and display pages. The speed, to a large extent, depends upon the database server, end user’s network and bandwidth. Modern hardware has immensely progressed and speed and performance are now more dependent on coding technique and architecture implementation.

Verdict: “A bad carpenter quarrels with his tools.” No matter how good a technology or platform is, if you cannot leverage it with your skills, experience, and expertise, it is a sublime injustice to point fingers on the technology.

PHP – 0

ASP.Net – 0

Scalability is a Must

Scalability is achieved with programming expertise, deployment of best practices, utilizing a formidable framework, and following industry standards and guidelines. These factors, to say the least, are platform independent. In the present competitive era, no one is going to build a framework which has limitations with respect to scalability. Both PHP and ASP.Net ensure scalability with the right approach.

Verdict: Like speed and performance, scalability as well is not dependent upon the platform. With best practices and optimized coding techniques, applications built on both PHP and ASP.Net can be scaled.

PHP – 0

ASP.Net – 0

Flexibility to Transform

Flexibility is a big advantage with ASP.Net. The .NET Framework and CLR offers seamless interface with other programming languages, such as Visual Basic.NET, C++ and C#. This has simple implications that the programming language of a project can be changed mid-way during the course of a project without the need to rewrite everything. It also means several developers can work on the same project using different languages, such as Visual Basic.NET, C++ or C#. PHP works in congruence with HTML and is included in many platforms such as LAMP, WAMP, XAMP, etc. ‘P’ stands for PHP.

Verdict: ASP.Net is a clear winner here since PHP does not go this deep when it comes to flexibility.

PHP – 0

ASP.Net – 1

Prompt Support and Comprehensive Maintenance

PHP has a larger pool of developers compared to ASP.Net. However, both the platforms have enough contributors with a vast community who regularly post to the forums. A query on the PHP forum is likely to be responded faster than that in an ASP.Net community of dedicated developers.

Verdict: In this case, there can be no single winner since both the platforms have adequate contributors, although PHP community is larger than ASP.Net. Nevertheless, PHP and ASP.Net tie against each other when support and maintenance are concerned.

PHP – 0

ASP.Net – 0

Conclusion

Final Verdict:

PHP – 1

ASP.Net – 1

Our discourse brings us to a hypothetical conclusion: For more flexibility, choose ASP.Net; for saving money, choose PHP.

The real conclusion however is that the choice between PHP and ASP.Net is highly dependent on the set of your requirements and the kind of the project suitable for a platform.

If you want to develop a web application but you are still confused, it will be in your best interest to partner with a professional web and mobile application development company like Rigel Networks. We have a dedicated team of certified developers for both PHP and ASP.Net platform. Our experience spans over a decade in developing and delivering highly functional and interactive websites and applications within your time and budget.

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