PHP as a the foundation for a scalable web enterprise application
Posted on 2003-11-13
We recently awarded an enterprise-level application development to a firm that plans to build it in PHP. I had previous experience working with ColdFusion developers on another similar application and was hoping to find a CF team for this new application. However, I was convinced by the bid details and credentials of the team we picked that PHP is very much a viable alternative for our application. But now I am having second thoughts.
I guess I am looking for expert advice about the TRUE viability of dynamic a PHP web application that needs to be scalable with a range of 0 users to 100,000 users. Said users would have access to a range of tools through the application, including email, contact management, their own e-commerce websites, searchable content databases -- all with interconnected database relationships.
I know that outline is painted in broad strokes. But, from the description, can you assess the reliability/viability of such a system written in PHP vs. CF? Primarily, I am interested in the scalability aspect. I am certain PHP code can build and manage a complex, inter-connected dynamic database application with a smal number of users and concurrent sessions. But what if the number of users of that same application grew exponentially?
All that said, if CF is a better alternative to PHP for a complex, scalable, dynamic web application -- and I said IF -- how would you go about "converting" PHP code to CF code, if necessary? I gues syou could have CF programmers simply duplicate the functionality of a PHP application, but I wondered if there is a more automated approach.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts on this.