[thelist] What is the best programming language for the web?

Billy Reisinger billy.reisinger at gmail.com
Thu May 24 07:40:32 CDT 2007

I would just add to this that you should step back and consider  
server _and_ client-side programming to both be part of the "web  
programming" umbrella.  Too many times, I have seen sites with  
excellent server-side code and infrastructure _completely suck_  
because they relegated JavaScript programming to amateurs.   
JavaScript can completely screw your user experience if you are not  
careful to make it fast and efficient...

On May 24, 2007, at 5:41 AM, kasimir-k wrote:

> Sales @ Lycosa scribeva in 24/05/2007 8:44:
>> which programming language is 'best' for web programming.
> The question is wrong - correct question is: which language is best  
> for
> a given project. The answer depends on things like what needs to be  
> done
> and who is doing it.
>> Raw speed is not necessarily an issue
> Exactly, for web apps that are not particularly computing intensive,
> speed of the language is rarely an issue - often more time is consumed
> querying DB than running the app's code.
>> I am interested to hear other people's opinions, and to see what  
>> languages
>> you use. In particular, I am interested in speed of development,  
>> cost,
>> processing speed/server load and learning curve.
> When the speed of development is a concern (it often is :-) one should
> probably be using some sort of a framework, and there are good ones  
> for
> most common languages.
> One cost issue is that of hosting (if your apps are happy to live in
> shared hosting). It's easier to find good and cheep shared hosting for
> PHP than say for Java. If your app runs on dedicated server(s),  
> this of
> course is not an issue.
> Regarding learning curve I'd say that it's easier to learn new  
> languages
> once you've learned some different kinds of languages :-) Which
> something every developer should do - not only it gives new tools, but
> also new ideas and approaches to do things.
> .k
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