Advantages of Web Development Using PHP

Paul Mah

If you have been dabbling with Web technologies for any length of time, you have heard about the Web page scripting language called PHP, or PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. An open source development, PHP is incredibly popular and forms part of what is known as the LAMP stack, where LAMP is an acronym representing Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP.

 

The current version widely in use is PHP 5; I would hesitate to deploy applications on a system running anything earlier than PHP 4. Its remarkable popularity aside, PHP has some clear advantages when it comes to Web development.

 

Availability of code samples

 

Not sure how to code something? For all but the most arcane of tasks, you should be able to find a large number of freely available code samples on the Internet. And even if you are unable to locate something to help you along, PHP's similarity with the C programming language means that you can quickly do a port from this venerable language as necessary.

 

Diversity of functions


 

In the spirit of open source development, many developers have either contributed or integrated their code libraries to the PHP project. This makes it possible to quickly perform a mind-boggling range of actions such as retrieving the content from another Web site, generating barcodes, drawing graphs on-the-fly, or even creating PDFs documents -- with just a few lines of code.

 

The availability of good database abstraction libraries also means that if you opt to build your project around them, you will theoretically be able to do a swap between database engines, say, from MySQL to PostgreSQL, by just modifying a single parameter.

 

Popularity

 

Did I mention PHP's popularity earlier? Well, let me just reiterate. This popularity translates directly into a large number of excellent Web applications built using PHP, ranging from Wordpress, the world's most popular blogging engine, to phpBB, a comprehensive forum built on top of PHP. Because the source code to them is freely available, it is relatively easy to integrate these projects together with your own Web site or intranet.

 

Of course, it would be foolish to imagine that everything about PHP is a bed of roses. I have worked on multiple PHP-based development projects in the past, with the largest consisting of more than 25,000 lines of code that I wrote for an SMB project.

 

I will be sharing about some potential pitfalls of using PHP based on my experiences, so stay tuned.



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Jun 23, 2009 3:00 AM Janardan Bir Bom Janardan Bir Bom  says:

Great Write-Up Paul!

Thank You.  Exactly, there are lots of freebies created on PHP or to be specific PHP/MySQL...... lots of them.  Anyone working with Content Management Programs will definitely give their thumbs-up for great techbies like Mambo, Joomla etc, there are lots of photo sharing tools available too.  In fact, if you need something on PHP, you will most certain find it online and of course - its free too (Mind it about the Licensing Terms, though!)

Once again, Cheers to PHP!

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Jun 23, 2009 4:03 AM Paul Mah Paul Mah  says: in response to Janardan Bir Bom

Dear Janardan,

Thanks for dropping a note. Interestingly, "PHP" is one of the top search keyword over at Elance too.

Regards,

Paul Mah.

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Nov 26, 2010 7:06 AM PHP developer PHP developer  says:

Nice post Paul....The most important benefit of using PHP programming is it is an open source server side programming language and is absolutely free, although, you can hire an expert PHP web developer in order to customize your website as per your business requirements, which is very cost effective. Better performance and reliability makes PHP the choice of PHP programmers everywhere. One more benefit of applications written in PHP programming language is that they are quick and easy to use if written in an appropriate manner and are pretty secure.

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Jun 23, 2014 4:07 AM fahadmrafiq fahadmrafiq  says:
PHP is the lingua franca of web development. There are some myths related to this very popular language. Does it really suck? One of the core developers at Cloudways, Najmus Saqib explores the myths, the maths, and the musts of PHP that every web developer must know about. Source: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/php-advantages/ Reply
Mar 25, 2015 8:52 PM Liya Thomas Liya Thomas  says:
Nice post . Paul Mah,But PHP has one main disadvantage.Not suitable for large applications. Reply
Jun 1, 2015 9:54 PM Revathy krishnan Revathy krishnan  says:
The most important benefit of using PHP programming is it is an open source server side programming language and is absolutely free, although, you can hire an expert PHP web developer in order to customize your website as per your business requirements, which is very cost effective Reply
Oct 13, 2015 3:22 AM Saffi Saffi  says:
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