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BURLINGAME, Calif.--The simplicity of scripting language PHP means it will be more popular than Java for building Web-based applications, Internet browser pioneer Marc Andreessen predicted Wednesday in a speech here at the Zend/PHP Conference.

Java enjoyed great success when its inventor, Sun Microsystems, released it in 1995, largely because it was optimized better for programmers than for machines, making software development significantly easier, Andreessen said. Unfortunately, Java has acquired many of the unfavorable characteristics of its predecessors, he added.

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"Java is much more programmer-friendly than C or C++, or was for a few years there until they made just as complicated. It's become arguably even harder to learn than C++," Andreessen said. And the mantle of simplicity is being passed on: "PHP is such is an easier environment to develop in than Java."

That opinion might not sit well with Java loyalists--and there are plenty of them among the millions of Java programmers and hundreds of companies involved in the Java Community Process that controls the software's destiny.

But even some influential executives at IBM, which was instrumental in bringing Java to the server and whose WebSphere server software has Java at its core, see the benefits of PHP over Java.

"Simplicity is a huge part of it," said Rod Smith, vice president of IBM's Emerging Internet Technologies Group, describing PHP's appeal to IBM in a meeting with reporters at the conference. "They weren't interested in adding language features to compete with other languages," choosing instead "the simple way, and not the way we've done it in Java, unfortunately."

PHP is an open-source project including an engine to simple programs called PHP scripts and a large library of pre-built scripts. Much of its development is in the hands of a company called Zend, which sells packaged PHP products, programming tools and support.

Wooing programmers is nothing new in the computing industry, where players constantly jockey to establish their products as an essential foundation. Indeed, many credit Microsoft's success to its highly regarded programming tools, which make it easier for developers to write software that run on Windows.

"Java and PHP compete at some level. Get over it."
--Mike Milinkovich,
executive director,
Eclipse

PHP has caught on widely. About 22 million Web sites employ it, and usage is steadily increasing. About 450 programmers have privileges to approve changes to the software. Major companies that employ PHP include Yahoo, Lufthansa and Deutsche Telekom's T-Online.

PHP is more limited in scope than Java, which runs not just on Web servers but also on PCs, mobile phones, chip-enabled debit cards and many other devices. Some parts of the Java technology, though, such as Java Server Pages, handle much the same function.

"Java and PHP compete at some level. Get over it," Mike Milinkovich, executive director of Eclipse, said in a meeting with reporters. Eclipse is an open-source programming-tool project that long supported Java and now also supports PHP. "I'm looking forward to PHP kicking butt in the marketplace," Milinkovich said.

Java and PHP are drawing nearer to one another, though. Oracle, which also sells Java server software and whose database software can be used as a foundation for either Java or PHP, is among those working on an addition to Java to help the two software projects work together. Specifically, Java Specification Request 223 will "help build that bridge between the Java community and the PHP community," said Ken Jacobs, vice president of product strategy at Oracle, in a speech at the conference.

And even Andreessen, who just helped launch a start-up called Ning for sharing photos, reviews or other content online, acknowledges that Java has its place.

"My new company is running a combination of Java and PHP. This is

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PHP 5 feels like Java
Check out the WASP framework for PHP 5.
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://wasp.sourceforge.net" target="_newWindow">http://wasp.sourceforge.net</a>

It was designed to help smooth the transition from Java to PHP for
people who are used to heavy Java-centric web programming.
Posted by bfioca (7 comments )
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WASP != PHP5
I'm not sure how a framework that runs on PHP makes PHP5 feel
like Java. Actually, it doesn't at all.
Posted by bbatsell (57 comments )
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B.S. Mark should know better.
PHP may be simpler than Java to develop very small less-than-
modular web apps, you could say the same about a number of
competing scripting technologies. But this line is pure B.S.:

"It's (Java) become arguably even harder to learn than C++"

Ever heard of garbage collection? How about open-source APIs?

Mark should be ashamed of himself for making such
irresponsible statements.
Posted by (13 comments )
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No, it's true unfortunatly....
I'm in the middle of learning Java 5. I have a background in programming web apps in object PHP, and dabbling in some C/C++, VB 6, and Pascal/Delphi. I thought it might be nice to try and learn a language that incorporates OOP, and can be used as a local app with a relatively standard base. It has been a struggle.

There is a real simplicity to PHP. Through a single book, and the online php.net reference, I was able to write my first PHP app in hours. The progam I made crawled a directory of a server for certain files, parsed information out, and presented it in a report made with HTML 1.0 standard output. Yep! Just a couple of hours of work and it worked great.

On the otherhand, after weeks of reading and researching, I can do a "Hello World!" console app in Java, but that's really about it. It is, indeed, a challenge. There is a lot to the language, after all there are thousands of libraries that come with Java 5, not to mention all the libraries you can install on your own. Having so much builtin leads to bloated apps, nevermind it's still and interpreted language, just like PHP.
Posted by fireball74 (80 comments )
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java and php has its places.
I agree, statement like java becoming harder than C++ is totally b.s. but i agree with Marc where he says, java has it's place, Server-Side. In enterprise environment, PHP has limitations. Imagine, in typical enterprise setting, single transaction could involve multiple department, system, and multiple partners, all running different system. Java makes easier to tackle these problems with support of networking and distributed computing features. IMHO, PHP is good where transaction is limited to single php page (one php page at a time). Again, as Marc mentioned, his company writes business logic (server-side) with java and front-end (pull data) with php, it works. as long as it works for them is good. my 2cents. :))
Posted by sjoh (16 comments )
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Completely Agree
I am a fifteen year old taking AP Computer Science which is Java and I use PHP to do my High School webpage. I am the only person in the entire school that can code webpages and I have to say that I prefer Java to PHP because of its inherant Object oriented approach and simplicity, plus it is very scalable. I don't see PHP being a great workhorse. But then again I am only fifteen and I probably don't know as much as you guys, Please don't be angry with me if I have said something erronous.
Posted by nickbyfleet (21 comments )
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Marc who?
If they ever assemble a list of one-hit software wonders this guy will probably top the list. So which failed startup in the making is he working on now?
Posted by (1 comment )
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Remember...
The guy who invented the web browser.
Posted by Johnny Mnemonic (374 comments )
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You've got to be kidding me...
Marc Andreessen worked with Tim Berners-Lee (the inventor of the
Internet), wrote the NCSA Mosaic web browser (the very first web
browser, without which you likely wouldn't be here), and then
founded Netscape Communications. Why don't you give us all a
ring when your "failed start-up" has done as much for the web as
he has.
Posted by bbatsell (57 comments )
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LoudCloud?
The guy who started LoudCloud and then sold it to EDS for a bucket of money. Thats who.
Posted by JCCox (16 comments )
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You remember...
The guy who invented the web browser.
Posted by Johnny Mnemonic (374 comments )
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No surprise here!
Nope, no surprise at all. Anyone who has two eyes on their face can tell you what this article says. PHP is much simpler than Java. I have tried to learn a little JSP (Java Server Pages) on two different occasions, with little success. Every time I look for tutorials on the internet, they begin talking about java servlets. A servlet that writes "Hello World" in an HTML page can easily have up to 15 lines of code, where is PHP it is done with a simple echo command.
Most java servlets begin like this (or something like this):

import javax.servlet.HTTPServlet;

And a few other lines like that. What's up with that? The second time I tried to learn JSP, I spent hours setting up a "reccomended" development environment using Apache, an environment which was not reccomended for "deployment".

So, trying to give Java another chance, I tried to make stand-alone applications. After all, Java is the only "interpreted" language that includes built-in support for GUI design. So I started to design an interface using a GUI program (netbeans) (I don't think many people actually CODE their interface design in Java). I spent about an hour setting up two buttons, two labels and one button just the way I wanted. It's because of the layout I was using. These "layouts" are the most ridiculious idea I've ever heard. But never fear, the Absolute Layout lets me put my controls where I want. Only problem is, it's part of the netbeans IDE, and without netbeans installed, it doesn't work.

All in all, the difficulty of setting up a Java environment, the clutter of the language (look up how to read data from the console for an example) and all the object-oriented mumbo jumbo will eventually lead Java to its downfall.
Posted by Sentinel (199 comments )
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Hello?
You need to learn the java language first.

JSP is an APPILCATION of java. How can you apply java if you do not know it?

Import statements are simple.

import javax.servlet.HTTPServlet

That imports the class file named HTTPServlet in the existing class so it can use it. It tell the compiler it is found in the package(basically a folder) named javax, and servlet is a package inside javax.

What is complex about that?

I agree the layouts could be handled better, but are similar to GUI libraries for many languages. Your main problem is you do not know the langauge. Learn the language(very, very easy) and swing and servlets will be a cakewalk too.

Try learning the C++ standard template library without knowing C++. Doesn't work. You need to learn php before you can use that too.
Posted by Bill Dautrive (1179 comments )
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Java is teh s uck
Suprised it didn't die years ago.
Posted by Bob_Barker (167 comments )
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Java's problem is operating system on top operating system
My frustration with Java: When I go to a website and my PC freezes solidly for two mins and behave like drunk, that website is using Java. When I go to a website that is instantly alive and flashy, that website is either powered with AJAX, JavaScript, Flash, PHP, etc.
Java is not for the consummer application, it's for dummy geeks. Marc is right.
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Client versus Server Side
Problem with Java you describe is client-side (i.e. Applets). The discussion is about the use of PHP versus Java on the server side where it would have no such effect on your browser.
Posted by (1 comment )
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Nothing To Do With Java
That is nothing to do with Java and EVERYTHING to do with the way the application is built. If you're referring to including a Java applet in a web page that's something different.

It's just as easy to screw up a PHP application as it is to screw up a Java application.
Posted by taliesan (3 comments )
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Here's Hoping PHP Does Not Go the Java Path
Programming languages, when they become popular enough, have a knack for getting more and more features to make up for functionality it sometimes isn't meant to solve, and that eventually results in it becoming more complex, clunky and bloated.

As noted in the article, here's hoping PHP doesn't fall into this trap like Java and just about everything else.
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How they can compare PHP with Java at all?
It is sad to see that most people who are praising PHP are either bad programmers or they are not programmers at all. For example PHP does not have built in caching - and both Java and .Net have that thing working pretty well. So how can you get 2000 users working on some PHP web page without caching?
And look at the way most PHP code is being written - plain crap. If you say that PHP is easy language - I can say that it is easy for creating crap code. If you want to make something usefull and reusable then Java or .Net is much better choice.
And I can not believe my ears when I hear people complaining about object oriented programming.
I think it's time to realize that programming is one of the hardest tasks for human brain - so not everyone can be a programmer even if they try hard. So I am not blaming those people who choose PHP - they are just the ones that can not/do not understand how real programming works.
Posted by alenas (181 comments )
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RE: How they can compare PHP with Java at all?
I could not agree more.
Posted by (1 comment )
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PHP Caching
As any 'real' programmer would know, there's quite a few caching systems available for PHP.
Posted by (402 comments )
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I agree
I would like to say that I completely agree with everything you said.
Posted by nickbyfleet (21 comments )
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Who's complaining?
Who is complaining about object oriented programming? PHP 5 is "object oriented". Java does not magically force people to write good code - crappy coders can ruin a project no matter what language they are using. I'm pretty sure Marc Andreesen is looking at both languages from the perspective of a good coder, not a crappy one.
Posted by just_some_guy (231 comments )
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Comparing Apples to Pears
I agree that they are off the mark touting one
displacing the other, but I disagree with the
denigration of PHP. Caching -- it's supported
in PHP more or less as it is in .Net and Java,
you might not be aware of it, but it doesn't
mean it isn't there for those who are.

Further, like anything else in programming, the
language is simply a tool. Different languages
are inherently better at approaching different
problems and performing certain function based
on their design. Anyone that has spent much time
programming a variety of languages is keenly
aware of this. Sometimes there are external
factors that influence language choice for
development too, but as a programmer you
generally want to select the right tool for the
job.

What's the right tool for the job? It depends.
PHP is great for simple logic, interfacing with
the OS, and manipulating XML or dealing with
SOAP. Java has great OOP, introspection, rich
support libraries, etc. It should be plainly
obvious to anyone familiar with both languages
as to when is a superior solution to a specific
task. I find that I write in both languages
quite a bit (and, in my field, most everything I
write is new and there are no overriding
constraints on what I choose).
Posted by Gleeplewinky (289 comments )
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Pardon me but...
...are you implying that Marc Andreessen can't code? (Well, yes, you both are...silly persons, you)
Posted by Mister L (18 comments )
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oops
Wrong spot, see similarly titled comment for proper location
Posted by Mister L (18 comments )
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Marc grabbing a headline again
Best way to get press when you're not very relevant anymore? Make a controversial statement...

Andreessen is using Java on his own site...why is that? Excuses, excuses... PHP is fine (IMO of course) if you want to do simple things and aren't terribly concerned about throughput. In terms of processing business logic, I'd guess Java is around 10x faster on the same hardware. The impressive thing with Java is the performance achieved with a bytcode interpreted language.

Try Java with a good framework like Wicket, and I'm pretty sure PHP will start to look a lot less appealing.

By the way, one thing to watch out for with PHP is getting locked into MYSQL, since the default database stuff is MYSQL specific. At least Java is nicely database agnostic.

HIH.
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PHP most database-friendly
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.. one thing to watch out for with PHP is getting locked into MYSQL, since the default database stuff is MYSQL specific ..
Unquote

Real-life applications are about data. Database work is one of those areas I think PHP excels. It has built-in functions to access MySQL, InterBase, MS SQL,Informix,mSQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Sybase etc. PHP does not make any database the default - you must consciously select your database through the relevant function. The reason PHP seems to be nearly always linked to MySQL is that MySQL is the most widely-used open-source database on earth, and just about every web host supports it. But within the same PHP application you can effortlessly access several databases.

I gave up on Java because of the difficulty accessing databases of my choice. Also, I love to be able to write my application and be sure it will run without worrying if the user has the right run-time engine installed on his/her machine.
Posted by rsawoseyin (11 comments )
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Tutorial: Comparing PHP, Java, ASP for web application development"
Downloadable here:
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.100days.de/download.php?id=i/677.pdf" target="_newWindow">http://www.100days.de/download.php?id=i/677.pdf</a>

On the above-mentioned Zend PHP Conference &#38; Expo in San Francisco Gaylord Aulke, CEO and founder of 100 DAYS, gave a substantial tutorial on Comparing PHP, Java/J2EE and ASP for web application management. Aulke is also deeply involved in the PHP-framework-development-initiative. 100 DAYS develops in Java/J2EE as well as in PHP. Another Track given by Gaylord Aulke on the PHP Conf &#38; Expo is a Case together with Boehringer Ingelheim, Top20 Pharma-Producer worldwide and Customer of 100 DAYS concerning PHP2SAP-Integration ( more info: <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://zend.kbconferences.com/speakerbios.php#session203" target="_newWindow">http://zend.kbconferences.com/speakerbios.php#session203</a> )

Might be helpful for getting some more detailed and objective insight in the topic.

regards from germany,
hb
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He's right on the money, of course
PHP is a very pragmatic language, suitable for applications both small and large, simple and complex. It's very approachable, and very easy to get started in. It's designed with the idea of getting an application up and working. Java on the other hand is ideological, and is hampered by that fact. It's not a language designed to be an effective programming solution, but rather a language designed to be ideologically 'pure'.

Java is a liberal arts professor stuck in an ivory tower, crippled into inaction by his own perfection. He is oh-so-much more enlightened about the theory of programming than the 'little people', but he'll never really be anything other than what he is now.

PHP is an aggresive problem solver who drops out of college to start his own company and ends up one of the richest and most influencial men in the world.
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talk about ideology
Are you a programmer or an ideologue? I think the answer is
obvious.

I guess some 3-4 million programmers building the majority of
enterprise applications in the largest companies on the planet
are also oh-so-much more enlightened about the theory of
programming than the 'little people'.

PHP is a good scripting language well-suited for small web apps.

Java it is not, and won't be for at least 5-7 years, if ever.

Take your ideology elsewhere buddy, there is no place for it in a
programmer's world. We use the best tools for the job at hand.
For large scale server-side apps that means Java.

A very smart man once said to me "I don't love software, I love
women". Think about that before you start calling others
ideologues.
Posted by (13 comments )
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Average Joe is reason for lack of Java support.
Most people I know do not like Java, JavaScript or Flash. The reason is simple. It is in your face when you just want to quietly surf the web. I have both Java and Flash on a software 'switch' but in most cases I leave them off. If there were built-in on/off buttons on the browsers they might gain a larger following. But if used to push advertising I think they will be shunned.
Posted by sonofbc (2 comments )
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It's About Content
i agree with you, Joe, that java, javascript and flash are misused on the web. and a lot of that is for advertising. but a lot of it is for eye candy--the, "wow, how'd they do that?" factor. it doesn't contribute to the site at all once that initial "cool factor" ends (about 1.5 nanoseconds later). but it often makes the site incompatible with different browsers/proxies, and more complex to navigate. regardless, each of these technologies can be valuable when used intelligently in smart website design--a rarity on today's web where cool has higher standing than ease of use.

mark d.
Posted by markdoiron (1138 comments )
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PHP is nearly enterprise ready
PHP is not quite Enterprise-ready. For this to become reality, there are a few more baby steps to take

1. Since PHP is a simpler language, one must assume the barriers that prevent less experienced developers to write software will be lowered. PHP must be able to safely execute within a sandbox.

2. Provide default automatic filtering of dangerous arguments in the REQUEST variables, such as those that typify SQL injection attacks, and cross-site scripting attacks.

3. Provide unified access to enterprise identity management. No, we don't want developers to roll their own, and neither do we want third party COTS developers to have to develop to a gaggle of APIs.

I've detailed more over my blog "PHP and the Enterprise": <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.redmountainsw.com/wordpress/archives/php-and-the-enterprise" target="_newWindow">http://www.redmountainsw.com/wordpress/archives/php-and-the-enterprise</a>
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nearly? it's farther away than "nearly"...
It took Java years to get some of the things you mention
straightened out... what makes you think PHP will have these
features anytime soon? And to be enterprise-ready it will require
more than what you mention here... It's got a long way to go to be
a suitable environment for large-scale apps.

Giant steps, more like. A good security model is only one of many
significant hurdles that need to be cleared.
Posted by (13 comments )
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doesn't matter
All web apps SUCK.
Posted by stmon99 (32 comments )
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I Think..
People should use whatever they are comfortable with, for me that is Java. Both languages have their strengths and weaknesses but there are workarounds for most shortcomings.
Posted by nickbyfleet (21 comments )
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nonsense!
How can he compare a cheap script with a language and platform? I did not know why Netscape was self terminated until now.
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JSP is rubbish
Its time to face up to facts, Java is dying and PHP is growing daily.

I work fro a Fortune 100 and we've decided to abandon JSP and migrate our applications to PHP.

Why? Because PHP is cheaper, and easier to use, while being just as powerful as JSP.

All you Java geeks out there who take pride in the fact that your language is hard to use, take pride in the fact that soon you'll be the only ones using it!

Java is an overcomplicate, bloated and uncessarily complex language that fails to deliver on its promises.

PHP on the other hand is easy to use, very very powerful and with Oracle now supporting it, the way ahead.
Posted by JCCox (16 comments )
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PHP not only Java alternative
PHP is not the only alternative to Java, and is probably not the "best" alternative. For example, one should check out the work being done with Ruby (<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/" target="_newWindow">http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/</a>) and "Ruby on Rails" (<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.rubyonrails.org/" target="_newWindow">http://www.rubyonrails.org/</a>).
Posted by finleyd (21 comments )
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But what IS Ruby/ROR and WHY is it better?
Ruby, Rails, Ruby On Rails...look, this is going to suffer the same fate as Microsoft's .NET platform. A few zealots are jumping on the bandwagon, but nobody can really quite explain in simple terms what Ruby is (other than "a framework") and why it's better than PHP. I am not knocking Ruby whatsoever. I'm sure it's just fine, wonderful, the Second Coming, etc...but the Ruby folks really need to start educating the masses more effectively before any of us give up years of investment in PHP development. And, just like Java, it looks far too complicated for your garden-variety web app. So, to all you Ruby fans: don't just get me excited. SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!
Posted by ProfessorDino (14 comments )
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PHP costs less
I'm surprised nobody has brought up the cost aspect when comparing PHP and Java. I have worked for several small companies deliveriving Web application services type applications and PHP has been the clear winner for these companies in keeping their costs low. Sure, you can start with Java for very little cost but when you start to grow the service and end up getting into databases, applications servers, and the like some pretty hefty licensing fees come into play. Setting up a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) server on the other hand is wonderfully free! All you need is the hardware and even there there are tons of hosting and dedicated server companies that can provide you the platform for small change compared to the cost of an Oracle license! As for .NET, with Microsoft nickle and diming you at every turn, I don't even want to go there!

As a programmer, I love programming in Java. But PHP fits the budget of the companies I work for far better. My only real problem with PHP is that I do find, as mentioned before, with PHP so easy to learn there is a lot of crap code. However, a disciplined programmer can make beautiful code in PHP too, if you know what you're doing, especially using OO in PHP5. It makes for a real headache when I hire subcontractors, weeding out the qualified programmers from the taught-my-self PHP web hacker.

The only time I yearn for Java these days is when I am forced to write explicit unit tests (PHP has PHPUnit, just like JUnit!) to test error conditions because there is no compiler to pick-up on my typo errors! Argh. Other than that, I love the way PHP can be used to implement application services over the web for so darn cheap! Practically solutions after all win out over design elegance in my world.

Charlotte
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Ever heard of Linux/Apache Tomcat/MySQL/Java

Guess what?

It is free and JSP beats the pants out of plain old CGI for basic web server programs.
Posted by Bill Dautrive (1179 comments )
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phooey
:)
Posted by Lolo Gecko (131 comments )
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PHP vs Java
Lets not talk about learning curves and which language is harder than others etc. Of course this is important for budgets etc.

I go to work and develop J2EE application for 8 hours and then come back home and freelance for another 3 hours where I am building a OO PHP application.

So from a perspective of a developer who programs both PHP and Java, I get more satisfaction working on PHP than Java. I feel more creative without worrying about application server's J2EE implementation, hibernate's caching issues etc etc.

I don't know about the future, but as a developer I would always prefer PHP over Java.
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PHP is more FUN to program in
I do the same thing as you and I agree that PHP empowers a programmer to be more creative without too much restrictions. As for performance, PHP is built on top of pre-compiled C/C++ API's, so it is extremely fast! You want a web app. built on top an assembly language platform? Choose PHP.
Posted by microsoft slayer (174 comments )
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Python is a better alternative to PHP
Python is a newer entrant that shares the benefits of PHP but has cleaner syntax and a lot more productive for developing large applications.
Google uses it and so does Industrial light and magic of star wars fame !
Posted by (6 comments )
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eh, no thanks
Python's a fine enough language, but I really dont like its 'cleaner' syntax.
Posted by (402 comments )
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Can we report the article as offensive?
Now, seriously, what could we expect from a person that was hired by Zend (<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.zend.com/news/zendpr.php?id=107" target="_newWindow">http://www.zend.com/news/zendpr.php?id=107</a>) to generate media attention to say?

Not to say that PHP is a bad language/platform. It is well suited for very simple things and very small teams. PHP has a very low entry-barrier, so, I can see the average competence of a PHP person is lower than a Java person (and both are lower than a Python or Ruby guy). PHP just appeals to the wrong audience.

I wouldn't risk a big and complex application to be written in PHP by average PHP programmers.

And, since all Netscape code had to be thrown out before Mozilla could walk (it was considered "garbage" if I remember correctly) Andreesen is not the person I would ask about quality.
Posted by rbanffy (31 comments )
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PHP is faster than Java
You're just jealous that PHP is faster than Java. How so? It's wrapped around C/C++ functions which makes it alot faster and less resource intensive than a J2EE server which loads a large JDK into memory from the time you start it!
Posted by microsoft slayer (174 comments )
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Oh Marc...
Has he been right about anything, yet? This guy's career baffles me. He walks from one flop to the next and people still want to know what he thinks...
Posted by Betty Roper (121 comments )
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Mosaic, Netscape?
Betty, let us know when you invent something as successful as the web browser. Even Opsware is a $500 million company.
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