ASP.net Versus PHP
Both PHP and ASP.Net are developed to build complex, large and successful web applications, portals and ecommerce sites but at the same time, they both differ a lot from each other in terms of cost, speed, time to deploy, resources they use, platform dependency, scalability, popularity and most of all, the governing one is the Performance. To compare these two programming languages is just like having two boxers in boxing ring where one is extremely popular, heart throb of millions, loved and revered by endless fans while the second one has a “God father” standing with him and watches his back. The First one is PHP which was developed by Rasmus Lerdorf in year 1995 and second one is ASP.Net backed by Microsoft launched in the year 2002.
I personally prefer PHP for those applications which have huge target audience like facebook.com. The development of such applications requires large scale, clustered hosting servers/environment, which in case of development in ASP.net would have incurred huge costs. For developing enterprise applications which usually have limited target audience, my preference is ASP.net. It is complex. It is difficult but at the same time, it is extremely powerful which makes it a perfect choice for using it to develop office automation applications.
Let us examine the differences and features of both technologies one by one:
PHP is completely cost- free whereas there are a few costs associated with the use of Asp.Net like Buying windows, Window hosting and a development environment like Visual studio where as PHP runs on Linux web hosting which can be used on any windows. It does not cost you a single penny. On the other hand, ASP.net has something entirely different to offer: on minimal charges its framework is complemented with a rich toolbox which provides amazing features like drag and drop service control tools ,automatic deployment, the tools for image manipulation, mail and a lot others are made available in Visual Studio integrated development environment.
Support and Development Environment:
There is no second opinion regarding the support system of PHP that a large number of developers keep on contributing to its development as open source developer community. ASP.net is also playing on a large footage on this feature: being an asset of Microsoft, one may find a lot of developer boards, eager to help the developers with all their might. With the release of MSDE, which offers extensive and precisely all features of SQL server, ASP.net seems to have outshine PHP.
In addition to this, ASP.net offers the feature of giving its coders and developers the freedom to play language independence as ASP.net supports more than 25 languages but two most common are Visual basic and C#(pronounced as C sharp). They can use any language which suits their application or even partition their application and may use different languages.
Ease Of learning:
ASP.net is written usually in C# which is quite difficult for the beginners to learn and exert themselves that is why they tend to choose PHP. On the other hand, PHP is similar to C or C++ which is quite easy to learn. This is quite an important feature playing a pivotal role in the success of PHP.
It is a common assumption that the speed of PHP is faster as compared to ASP.net especially where the main concern is traffic. It is commonly thought that if PHP is used with the databases then the performance of ASP.net is slower than PHP. ASP.net has a large built-in compilation which also makes it faster like all .Net applications.
ASP.net provides performs far better than PHP because of its heavy based toolbox, early binding, ease of debugging, native optimization and in-time compilation. Moreover, in building large applications developers and coders do not have to write large, complex code but it significantly reduces their effort. The applications are made more secure by built-in-Windows authentication. These features make ASP.net more productive with an important feature of its ever growing popularity that it allows developers, with less cost and effort, to generate dynamic web pages.
Performance in web applications is the function of interaction between operating system and files used on the server. Most of the time, it is observed that Linux and ext4 file system shows a far better performance than windows and NTFS file system. The fact indicates that PHP applications running on Linux would have better chances to outshine ASP.net applications running on windows platform.
Both PHP and Asp.net are highly scalable. Face book was built in PHP and is considered to be the second most heavy trafficked website. On the other hand, My space was built in ASP.net. as long as the developer knows the art of scaling his application, both are highly scalable.
Direct access to the gigantic class libraries which are all built in .Net framework which gives ASP.net developers a vast amount of functionality and freedom to develop all custom tailored web applications. On the other hand, PHP has built in functions to perform common tasks with ease.
Debugging and Error Handling:
ASP.net provides a very extensive and interactive system of debugging of pages both on client side scripting and on Server side through SQL stored procedures and the same holds true for the Error handling. PHP on the other hand, does not have anything exclusive in store. One option available is Products and procedures from the third party may enhance their functionality of debugging and error handling.
With the advantages of Easy to start with, cheap hosting, easy to use, integrated database support, compatibility with a large number of platforms, PHP is considered to be better option.
But with the digging of deeper facts and addition of new features like Microsoft cloud platform , ASP.net is gaining new grounds. Being purely server side technology, Its usage to create enterprise-class website and corporate web applications is unparalleled. ASP.net provides developers with a full baggage of tools, features at an affordable cost.. which is almost free! with is community is getting bigger, opportunities to catch the breadth of its OS support are also widening. No wonder, time may even witness the full exploitation of its endless features.