Senior Software Developer, Qulix Systems
Let's Talk About Node.js
Front-end and back-end development in the same language
The fact that you are using the same language for the backend and frontend parts makes your source code cleaner and more consistent. You can easily send and sync data between server-side and client-side encoding. Using the same tools and practices allows programmers to save development time.
An ability to build real-time applications
Node.js has no strict rules or hard dependencies, which allows programmers to choose any architecture or plan their own structures when creating apps. What's more, the community is permanently developing new instruments and features that allow programmers to make excellent products.
Perfect for building microservices
At the present time, many web developers prefer not to create ready-made applications, but to launch MVP in order to test their idea, get user feedback, and decide on the next steps. For example, you need to update or scale your app, or you want to change the architecture without affecting other parts of the application. In this case, you can split it into microservices to be able to work with them separately. Since Node.js is highly scalable and lightweight, it's great for building microservice architectures. You, in turn, will be able to use the code between the client and server sides several times, which will allow you to reduce development time and cost since you will deal only with new or updated features.
Welcome Player 2: PHP
PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) was created by Danish programmer Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994 and originally represented a set of scripts in Perl, another programming language. Then this set of scripts was rewritten into the C interpreter. From the very beginning, PHP provided a handy set of tools for the simplified creation of websites and web applications.
Advantages of Using PHP
PHP is an open-source language that allows developers to use it for free. You don't have to buy a license if you want to create your website in this programming language. Due to the fact that a large community has formed around PHP, various tools and functionality will be available to you.
Flexibility and good compatibility
PHP is a universal language that:
- Works great on various operating platforms (Windows, Linux, macOS, etc.)
- Supports a huge number of databases (MySQL, MongoDB, PostgreSQL)
- Interacts with numerous servers (Netscape, Apache, Caudium, Microsoft Internet Information Server, iPlanet, Oreilly Website Pro, Xitami, OmniHTTPd, Personal Web Server)
- Integrates with various programming languages.
If you have any ready-made solutions or infrastructure in PHP, you won't have to spend a lot of time and money on making any changes or additions.
Rapid web development
PHP is known as the fastest programming language compared to others thanks to its object-orientation. Simply put, your web developers can reuse the code, saving you time and budget for developing web applications and websites.
People don't like slow-loading web pages. If your website takes longer than 3 seconds to load, users will immediately leave it. PHP applications can be easily downloaded in spite of the slow internet connection and data transfer speeds. Other apps spend a lot of time connecting the database and extracting data after making certain queries to the database. PHP does not face this problem and loads the site very easily and quickly.
Availability of a wide range of hosting services and servers
Hosting is a service for providing space on the server to host files and databases of the websites and provide their constant availability on the Internet. So, the website won't work without the hosting service. Since almost all providers support PHP websites, you will always have a wide pool of servers and hosting services.
- PHP is considered more secure because its code is not visible in the browser.
Each of these languages has certain advantages, so there is no right answer to this question. There is no technology for every task or project. You need to choose the web development technology that will bring you the most benefit. Take into account the aspects of your project, its goals and objectives, and the level of your team if you want to choose the right tool.