Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now



Posted on 2011-10-12
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-11-19
I think PHP is a good language for Websites Development.

But for web database applications, is it popular and easy. There are some features i think the language is missing like connection pooling, Unicode support, etc.

Am i correct? any ideas about using php for web database application versus something like apex or pl/sql for oracle 11g database.

I think apex Rapid development tool is faster but the only drawback is it is proprietary solution that works with oracle only (locks you).
Question by:sam15
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 78

Expert Comment

by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
ID: 36956808
Our shop is happy with .Net and Oracle.

I doubt you will find anyone that says one product is 'best' over another.  You should go with what you know or a product that is similar with what you know.

For example:  If you have a lot of C++ coders, C# might be a good choice.  VB Programmers, VB.Net.

Author Comment

ID: 36956834
.NET is also proprietary language (MS windows only - unlike JAVA) and I dont think this easy to develop with such as APEX or PHP. It takes a long learning curve and long development time. correct?
LVL 78

Expert Comment

by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
ID: 36956880
Yes, .Net is strictly Windows.  Technically all languages are 'proprietary'.

I don't think it has any more of a learning curve as any other tool/product.  At times less.  Per my example above, if you have a lot of VB programmers, what do you think they will pick up quicker:  VB.Net, PHP or Java?

With Visual Studio, you can prototype/develop apps pretty quick.

NFR key for Veeam Agent for Linux

Veeam is happy to provide a free NFR license for one year.  It allows for the non‑production use and valid for five workstations and two servers. Veeam Agent for Linux is a simple backup tool for your Linux installations, both on‑premises and in the public cloud.

LVL 111

Accepted Solution

Ray Paseur earned 1500 total points
ID: 36957118
Unicode support exists in PHP and it works, but it is rather lame.  It's sort of like the PHP4 implementation of OOP -- it will be better in the next release.  

PHP and MySQL scale very well.  Facebook is a PHP machine, as are major parts of Yahoo.  Digg is a PHP machine.  So if the question goes to any ideas about using php for web database application I think we can say, "Yes.  It's fine for that."

Peter Norvig says, "use whatever your friends use."

HTH, ~Ray

Author Comment

ID: 36957731
yes, facebook and yahoo are websites though. I do not think you can say these are online transaction systems (like banking, airlines, etc). There is ver light database transactions with websites.

Now on the unicode native support, I


PHP 6.0 was supposed to support Unicode but it was delayed and is uknown now.
SO i do not know if you have a UNICODE database (multilingual language) whether PHP will work or not. As i udnerstand they had to do a differnt PHP for japanese language.
The development of PHP 6 has been delayed because the developers have decided the current approach to handling of instance unicode is not a good one, and are considering alternate ways in the next version of PHP. The updates that were intended for PHP 6 were added to PHP 5.3.0(namespace support, Late Static Bindings, lambda functions, closures, goto) and 5.4.0(traits, closure rebinding) instead.

Featured Post

Get quick recovery of individual SharePoint items

Free tool – Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint, enables fast, easy restores of SharePoint sites, documents, libraries and lists — all with no agents to manage and no additional licenses to buy.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When the s#!t hits the fan, you don’t have time to look up who’s on call, draft emails, call collaborators, or send text messages. An instant chat window is definitely the way to go, especially one like HipChat. HipChat is a true business app. An…
Strategic internal linking is often considered an SEO power technique, especially for content marketing. Do you need to hire an SEO agency to optimize you internal linking? No, this article will help you understand the basics of internal linking and…
The purpose of this video is to demonstrate how to set up an RSS Feed on a WordPress Website. This will be demonstrated using a Windows 8 PC. Feedburner will be used for this demonstration. Go to your WordPress login page. This will look like the…
The viewer will learn the benefit of using external CSS files and the relationship between class and ID selectors. Create your external css file by saving it as style.css then set up your style tags: (CODE) Reference the nav tag and set your prop…
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month20 days, 23 hours left to enroll

810 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question