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Questions for a report

Postby eblackwell » Wed Feb 19, 2003 12:32 pm

My nephew is writing a report for his web development class, and he needs to ask questions to experienced PHP users. I don't have experience with PHP unfortunately, although I'd like to learn. Would anyone mind answering these 4 questions? Again, they're for a student's small report; I'm not looking to glom material for sales blurbs etc.

Here are the questions:

1. Where do you think are the best uses of PHP?

2. Have you ever had a problem with PHP?

3. Do you use PHP for your own personal use or only work sites?

4. Do you think PHP will ever be as big as Java?

Thanks in advance to anyone willing to give their opinion.

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Postby Hurkle » Wed Feb 19, 2003 1:07 pm

Howdy, happy to take a sec to answer these.

About me, in brief - working with php for 3 months, doing full time web application development for 2 years, IT field for 5 years, casual programmer for 26 years.


1. Where do you think are the best uses of PHP?


PHP is great for building web sites where the content or information will change over time, it's great for any place where you want to store or retrieve lots of info, and it's awesome for doing just about anything that's more complicated than plain vanilla web sites with just html.

2. Have you ever had a problem with PHP?


The biggest obstacle to me learning php is the syntax, the rules for using the language. This is my first language that's related to or descended from C rather than Basic, and a few things are different. Once you get used to the language, it packs a lot of power in a small amount of code.
3. Do you use PHP for your own personal use or only work sites?


Both, at work we've shifted to all php, from ASP. I use it for my personal stuff as well.

4. Do you think PHP will ever be as big as Java?


Tough to say. Java is widespread, php is growing fast.

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Thanks!

Postby eblackwell » Wed Feb 19, 2003 1:30 pm

I appreciate you taking the time.

And you intrigue me, especially the comment about no longer writing ASP in favor of PHP. Hmmm... I really need to sit down and learn this.

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Postby Hurkle » Wed Feb 19, 2003 1:44 pm

Let me take a quick sec to go into that a little more..

One of our clients had a crummy access database that could only support 3 or 4 of their users at a time, in an office with 25-30 people. They wanted something web based. We gave them an ASP web database with an IIS, SQL server backend. This worked out pretty well, fit what they wanted. After it was done, we started exploring php vs. asp. switching to a lamp (linux apache mysql php) setup meant not paying for IIS or SqlServer, a big savings. Getting away from asp and vbscript meant the client machines no longer had to be using the latest version of IE.

We made a 2.0 version of their app in php, and they loved it so much, they hired us to create stuff that will handle much more of their workflow.

Everything has been going well since we switched to a php based environment, everything is faster, better, and cheaper. Highly reccomended.

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Postby Oleg Butuzov » Wed Feb 19, 2003 11:24 pm

1. Where do you think are the best uses of PHP?

in the site programong

2. Have you ever had a problem with PHP?

problems was , but not in php, in the programers

3. Do you use PHP for your own personal use or only work sites?

both

4. Do you think PHP will ever be as big as Java?

Java - sucks, php - rulles =). PHP is most popular language in the net =). this is fact

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Postby pootergeist » Thu Feb 20, 2003 3:38 am

1. Where do you think are the best uses of PHP?
As a backend scripting language on Apache, information logging, manipulation and display. Dynamic stuff. There's a module available for pretty much anything you want to do.

2. Have you ever had a problem with PHP?
Not as yet - a few glitches with some less used modules and those only minor and code-roundable

3. Do you use PHP for your own personal use or only work sites?
Everything

4. Do you think PHP will ever be as big as Java?
I think it already is (as I imagine the largest site on the internet does [yahoo!] since they have opted to move to php from their propriety y!1 and y!2 languages), even for enterprise and mission critical stuff.
The main area that java still leads the others is realtime client-server interactions, though PHPs GTK module is growing in use and usability so should provide some competition to java in that area.

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Postby WiZARD » Fri Feb 21, 2003 2:05 am

Once more opinion about PHP :wink:
1. Where do you think are the best uses of PHP?

As i think the best for 3 ways: internet, intranet, and scripting for admin(linux/unix)
2. Have you ever had a problem with PHP?

Only if you novice (don't know about programming nothing) and ugly hands
3. Do you use PHP for your own personal use or only work sites?

if you carefully see first question you got answer at this question
4. Do you think PHP will ever be as big as Java?

My opinion about this next:
1. Java - it's not PHP;
2. PHP - it's not Java;
3. Some thing what you do in Java you cannot do in PHP
4. Some thing what you do in PHP you cannot do in Java.
5. PHP for internet, Java for mobile phone :wink:

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Thank you, everyone!

Postby eblackwell » Tue Feb 25, 2003 11:49 am

You gave great replies! I'd really like to learn PHP for myself, and I wish my company could be talked into using it! :D

Erin

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Re: Thank you, everyone!

Postby WiZARD » Wed Feb 26, 2003 1:04 am

Youre Welcome! :^)

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Postby *JaH* » Sun Mar 02, 2003 12:59 am

question 4 is just weird :D Those 2 languages are completely different :) but okay... I'm certain php will die a slow death and java will survive :)


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