PHP vs ASP vs JSP vs ColdFusion vs PERL
Posted on 2004-09-25
Hi everyone. I've been a web developer for some time and was recently wondering the differences in each of the major server side programming languages. I've developed PERL and JSP in the past, currently do some PHP and mostly ColdFusion programming. But overall what are the benefits and or limitations of each language?
*PLEASE TRY TO NOT POST BIASED OPINIONS* *TRY TO BE FAIR AND DONT SAY "PHP IS THE BEST BECAUSE I USE IT"!!!* Everyone has their own opinions and nobody here is an expert in every server side language! Also, the one person with the most well-thought out response will be awarded the answer.
Primarily, what are the biggest benefits and downfalls of each language? Is any server-side language more stable than the others? In general, if I wrote the exact same website in every language, would one of the languages stand out in out-performing and being able to handle a higher load than the others? (Yes, yes, this last question will depend on what functions you use, what the website does, is there database connectivity and more. So assume this one website would use database connections, do a fair amount of server side processing, some basic regular expressions, and some file manipulation.)
And yes, I'm simply curious. I am not being asked to do this comparison and am not trying to pick a new language of preference. I'm just trying to do my job and know the field the best that I can!