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

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Mon May 28 04:14:30 CDT 2007

On 28 May 2007, at 05:16, Judah McAuley wrote:

> Shawn K. Quinn wrote
>> In summary, if you know just PHP, that's what you should be using. If
>> it's not enough to get a given job done, you'll find out soon enough.
>> PHP is probably among one of the most portable; there are some  
>> such as
>> ASP and Cold Fusion that are decisively less so (the former being a
>> Microsoft product, the latter being what an Adobe product by way of
>> Allaire and Macromedia, both of which are Windows-centric and  
>> place you
>> at the mercy of proprietary software vendors for licensing).
> For what its worth, I think that ColdFusion is no more Windows-centric
> than PHP is *nix-centric. Its true that CF used to be Windows only and
> the first releases for Linux were, shall we say, a bit beta  
> quality. The
> last two releases, however, are quite solid on Linux and they've  
> done a
> very good job of making sure the language is not platform specific.

fwiw, the evolt site ran on ColdFusion on Linux for a *long* time.

> Much
> better, in my opinion, than PHP actually. The code I write could be
> moved from a windows box to a linux box and back with little to no
> modification necessary.

Indeed - bigger changes are likely to happen when you swap databases.  
Which may be impacted by your platform choice (you don't often see MS  
SQL on *nix...)


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