Side Programming Languages
Server Side Programming Languages
Server-side programming languages are scripts that are executed
on the server, and are then translated into HyperText Markup Language
(HTML) which can be viewed by all web browsers. The two most popular
server-side scripting languages are PHP: Hypertext Processor and
Active Server Pages (ASP). Additionally, there are numerous other
languages like AJAX and Coldfusion.
PHP can run on both Unix and Windows servers, which makes it more
accessible than its Windows counterpart, Active Server Pages (ASP).
Most full-service web design firms will have at least one PHP guru.
PHP uses are widespread, and can include any kind of server functionality
that takes user's input and displays or manipulates the input. Some
pertinent examples of such work are message boards, auction sites,
shopping carts, and more. There are numerous free (open-source)
scripts out there for PHP newbies to use.
This synopsis is meant to serve only as a gateway to other works;
although the main goal is to give a reader enough information so
they can make educated decisions about what their web developer
should do. For those looking to get into PHP, there are many free
tutorials and primers out there: http://www.4webhelp.net/tutorials/php/basics.php
is a pertinent example.
PHP generally uses the mySQL database system. MySQL is a server-side
system that is included on many Unix, and some Windows servers.
On the other hand, Active Server Pages runs - for the most part
- solely on Windows servers. This can cause some problems. Windows
hosting or private servers generally cost more than Unix servers,
making it less accessible than PHP. Like PHP, ASP can do just about
anything. There are considerably fewer open-source scripts written
in ASP, another testament to its inaccessibility.
For those interested in ASP, here's a great free tutorial: http://www.w3schools.com/asp/default.asp.
ASP can use many different database systems. Many users prefer
Microsoft Access. Access, unlike MySQL, offers a what-you-see-is-what-you-get
(WYSIWYG) editor as part of Microsoft's Office suite. In fact, you
may already have a copy of Microsoft Access on your computer and
not even know it. Its uses aren't limited to databasing, it's also
used as a basic spreadsheet application for those who need a more
programmer-friendly environment than Excel. ASP can also work well
with MSSQL or MySQL.
A third programming language with burgeoning popularity is Asynchronous
interactive web programs just like its cousins ASP and PHP. AJAX
to create interactive pages designed for speed and overall usability.
Although AJAX hasn't gained the acclaim of PHP and ASP, its future
is certainly bright.
AJAX Basics - http://dhtmlnirvana.com/ajax/ajax_tutorial/
It's difficult to say which of the three programming languages,
or the numerous others for that matter, is the best. There will
always be disputes, and no standard is set. With the varying interpretations
of what a programming language should be, predilections to PHP or
ASP arise. PHP is certainly more widely used, but isn't necessarily
the best. When a site is being created to be interactive, a professional
can give an educated opinion on which technology should be used.
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