ASP versus PHP

Discussion in 'Webmaster Discussion' started by daviddoran, Dec 22, 2006.

  1. enzo

    enzo New Member

    Which is easier?

    Which language would be easier to learn, php or ASP, do ye think?
  2. TheMenace

    TheMenace New Member

    If you already know a bit of JavaScript or even actionscript, then PHP as it uses similar(ish) syntax. If you know VBScript or VB then probably ASP.

    I would recommend learning PHP either way though.
  3. enzo

    enzo New Member

    Thx. What if you know nothing? ;) Would PHP still be easier to pick up?
    I presume with PHP one of the advantages is the amount of resources available?
  4. TheMenace

    TheMenace New Member

    Much of a muchness I guess.

    Well, that and it's easier to write half-way decent, maintainable code. It's also less platform dependent.
  5. enzo

    enzo New Member

    Sound, thanks Menace!
  6. louie

    louie New Member

    Starting with PHP you need to be able to set up the IIS server ( I presume you have it installed - comes with W2000 and XP Pro) to render php pages, or you need to install apache server and php library.
    That is a downer for php as is not that easy to do if you haven't worked in this environment before.

    Starting with ASP it is easier as the IIS is already 90% configured for you automatically. Resources are plenty as well on the web.

    All this if you are going to run the pages on the local computer, but if you have a hosting package then just find out what environment you can work with.
  7. enzo

    enzo New Member

    Was that for me Louie? I have Apache/PHP installed at home and have pricked around for a while with PHP on some apps.
    I may need to learn ASP for a new project, the comparison to PHP gives me an idea for how much work might be involved.

    Apologies for hijacking the thread.
  8. louie

    louie New Member

    yes that was for you enzo.

    There is a difference between the 2 of them, but the principles are the same.
  9. enzo

    enzo New Member

    Ok, thanks for the info louie!
  10. gary.b

    gary.b New Member

    If you want to jump into PHP quickly, just get a good text editor with syntax highlights and The Uniform Server

    Or if you want more bells on your server: apache friends - xampp

    Both are very easy to set up (mash the "Next->" button...) :D
  11. louie

    louie New Member

    If you don't have one get a trial version of Dreamweaver or PHP Designer 2007
    Both very handy.
  12. enzo

    enzo New Member

    I have Dreamweaver8, just need to figure out how to use it. Will also check out the other links. Thx Gary & Louie

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