JS vs PHP
They are also often opposed to each other, especially when it comes to choosing the technology with which you will program an API, create your website or even implement your web or mobile application or your Progressive Web App.
Although they share similarities in their operation, these two computer languages also have strong differences that may make them more suitable for certain types of projects or tasks.
What is the most appreciated language for web development?
Historically, PHP had the advantage of being one of the most popular programming languages in web development, but the situation has changed in recent years.
Stack overflow indicates in its ranking of the most used languages in 2022, that JS has been at the top of the ranking for 10 years now.
PHP remains widely used, especially in France where it is the 4th most popular computer language in 2022.
The communities, libraries and frameworks available around these languages are highly developed, which is an asset for not having to reinvent the wheel as soon as you want to create new features or even if you get stuck on a piece of code.
What is the most powerful language for web development?
Node.js uses the V8 engine (created by Google) and allows asynchronous development in JS, placing the language alongside more robust programming languages such as PHP or Python.
The framework makes it possible to develop all types of products, and many companies use it, such as Paypal, NASA, LinkedIn, Uber or even Netflix.
PHP side, the power of the language is not to be demonstrated with server-side execution and powerful frameworks such as Laravel, CodeIgniter or Symfony which allow the creation of dynamic content, interacts with databases, etc.
PHP is known for its simplicity and flexibility.
What is the easiest programming language to learn first?
PHP has a syntax derived from that of the C language, which can be an advantage if you want to learn PHP by already being familiar with the C or C++ languages.
Regarding the typing of variables, the two languages are historically weakly typed, unlike languages such as Java, C++ or even TypeScript which require a variable to respect a type such as "integer/int" (integer), "bool/ boolean" (boolean that can be true or false) or even "string (character string).
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