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What is the best coding language?

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    ASP
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    ColdFusion

ASP, ColdFusion or PHP

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Currently I code in asp and php but i find asp much easier to understand than php with those dumb mysql thingys. anyway i was wondering if php was more powerful than asp. I expect php to be more secure since it is run mainly on linux servers and asp is run on windows ser :?: vers.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

sorry for the trouble, but this belongs in here. :)

gotta keep those threads neat.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

PHP = less overhead.
ASP = easy to use.
Cold Fusion = Best intagration with flash.

Reading this made me think
http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia/proom/pr/2002/yahoo_flashcom.html
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Post 3+ Months Ago

PHP = Great, love it.
ASP = Limits your hosting options greatly
CF = Never used it, hear it sucks, heh.

cipher : I'm not sure why you're having trouble with MySQL, personally I find it pretty easy in PHP (although I've never done MySQL in asp to compare), so if you're having problems, just go ahead and post on the forums here and people will help :)
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hey thanx for bringing this post back to life i never saw it since i posted it. I think the results from the poll are good because based on the little coding that i have done in php so far it seems very powerful.
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i am working on converting my site from asp to php hopefully the address will be http://www.dematrix.net
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Actually, I'm on the fence with this one. I do find PHP relatively easy to understand. But there are things that I find a bit easier to do with ASP and I'm fairly comfortable programming ASP using Visual basic. Personnally I don't see a whole lot of differences between SQL 2000 and mySQL (at least at this point -- addmittedly I haven't gotten into a lot of advanced stuff yet.) For now, I'm using what works best for what I want to do with it.
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My big problem with ASP is that almost all Linux hosting companies don't provide support for it. We don't provide support for it on our servers. It's just not worth spending 500 bucks per server license for something that only one person has asked us about in the past 12 months (and in the end, they convinced their company to go with PHP for their new site anyway).
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I hear ya Axe. It's one beef I have with my current host provider. I can get PHP and mySQL if I'm on a Linux box, And I can get ASP and SQL2000 if I'm on a Windows box, but never the twain shall meet. I know exactly what you're saying. Fortunately at work I control that, so eventually I'll install PHP and do whatever I darned well please there.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Each one has its advantages and disadvantages. Its like saying what’s best a Ford Escort or motorbike or a plane!

However if you want to say “best" as in most useful for your career and pay then I would say ASP .NET or JSP. There are no jobs in PHP!
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MOTORBIKE!!! (2 wheels are always better than 4!) ;)

And there are jobs in PHP :)
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Not so much which is the best language to code in...
but which language best suits your coding style and the requirements of the task at hand.

I lean towards CF myself, because it gets results faster. is intuitive in its syntax and enables embedding of XML/XSLT XPATH/java/Jscript/ActionScript/COM and CORBA files...

If Web services are you current task, WDDX services are really simple too. it doesn't get much easier than.

<CFWDDX
ACTION = "CFML2WDDX"
INPUT = "#Message#"
OUTPUT="TheWDDXPkt">

That's all there is to it. the "#Message#" is any variable. it can be a query result (array of arrays, Binary data, anything at all!)

De-serialising the packet is just as simple

<CFWDDX
ACTION = "WDDX2CFML"
INPUT = "TheWDDXPkt"
OUTPUT="#Message#">

But let me re-iterate, it is horses for courses and no web developer worth their salt will ever tell you that all web applications should be written in one langauge and only that language for ever more.

if you've grown up in a microsoft business then you're more likely to use IIS/ASP/MS-SQL because that's what you're used to... a unix/linux environment, PHP/PERL/MySQL or Oracle.

Use the right tool for the job!
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I'll agree there's no one definitive language that can do everything you may want to do (although we're all gonna try anyway, lol)...

I think it's a case of "What language do/would you work with for the majority of applications?" - many things can be easily accomplished in all languages.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Things easy in PHP are hard in ASP/VBScript. The power of PHP is the massive list of functions. Heck... the manual is 90% dedicated to the functions that ship with the language. And, plenty more are available on the net.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Johan007 wrote:
However if you want to say “best" as in most useful for your career and pay then I would say ASP .NET or JSP. There are no jobs in PHP!


I beg to differ. I make an excellent amount of money with php. All other languages are hot garbage in comparrison IMHO, but that's just me. It's not the language that's gonna make you money... it's your talent. You've either got it or you don't (and you learn it if you're ambitious).
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Yeah, with a lot of my clients being retail stores, osCommerce has been doing me quite a few favours over the past year or so :)

There definitely is money in PHP, it all depends on the kinds of jobs you want to do, how much your clients are willing to spend, if you're having to invent your own wheels, or whether you can use somebody else's GPL'd wheels and just put fancy rims on 'em.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I have been using all three languages for some time now and I still prefer PHP. ColdFusion is nice for rapid application development, it can take you just a couple of hours to develop something that would take you a day in PHP. But of course CF cost alot more to host. And CF is mostly tags, almost feels like HTML, wich is why I like PHP, feels more like programming (looks alot like C and PERL my two favorite languages).

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