Web Developers have tons of server-side scripting tools to choose from. Basically, these tools can be grouped into three major categories: a) Microsoft-based, b) Java-based, and c) LAMP-based (LAMP has come to mean Linux, Apache, PHP, Perl and Python.) Anyone wanting to develop a web-based application eventually has to decide which camp he should jump.
My reason for choosing PHP and MySQL over the other scripting languages when developing my web-based projects are the following:
- Open-source roots. A large pool of talented software professionals have shared their talents in developing these remarkable software bundles that many have come to benefit. Their source code is available FREE for anyone to study, tweak and hack (in the good sense of the term).
- Inexpensive. There is no denying it, nothing beats LAMP-stack in terms of price.
- Lots of Quality Scripts Available. WordPress is the best example of this. There are other smaller scripts and libraries that you can freely use in your web applications.
- Code Maintenance. PHP has features that promote modularity and maintainability of your code.
- Raw Speed. MySQL can go head-to-head with Oracle when it comes to speed. PHP-Engine is also fast at parsing and interpreting the PHP code.
- Easy To Learn. PHP belongs to the all-too-familiar curly braces languages. Once you are knowledgeable in any of these languages (C/C++, C#, and Java), PHP should be easy for you.