Which language is good to learn for web design and development: PHP or Java?

Naveen Tripathi September 21, 2011
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If a person is interested in web designing and development, which language would be good for him: PHP or JAVA?

  1. websofy Developers
    September 22, 2011 at 6:07 am

    thank you so much for your suggestion

  2. Jeffery Fabish
    September 22, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Designing is not a synonym for development, the two are very different. Designing deals with the user interface of the website/application, where as development is the functionality behind it. With that being said, you can design a website with CSS and HTML. However, development is more towards PHP or ASP. I prefer PHP. 

    Overall, it depends on what is being created for development. PHP suits most jobs though. 

    • Mike
      September 22, 2011 at 12:51 am

      I agree with Jeffery. PHP is the best option to start with and basically the root for everything else. 

      They more complex your applications become you will find benefits of implementing libraries like jQuery or other options like Python and Ruby. 

      Facebook for example uses C++ to optimize CPU performance. 
      http://developers.facebook.com/blog/post/358/ 

  3. Egecan
    September 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Wait... What? Why? None of them! Try Ruby, Python, JavaScript or C#. JavaScript being the base for the web and a beautiful functional language, and the others are perfectly OO languages with great frameworks like Ruby on Rails, Django and ASP.NET MVC. One may suggest that JAVA is the OO heaven but it is for the enterprise, not web. PHP? Yeah, even Facebook started with it and you have like a huge community but, the language is not well designed and performs poorly. Not to mention the huge amount of wrong information on the wild that would misguide you...

    • James Bruce
      September 22, 2011 at 8:21 am

      C# for web development? Wow. I just choked a little. 

      Anyway, java is for learning programming, nothing else. For web development, the obvious choice is PHP, as it powers the majority of the internet (including wordpress, andhenc MakeUseOf). Javascript is needed to, but that wasn't in the question. Java is not the same as javascript by the way, Naveen. If you meant which to learn between javascript and PHP, you need them both. 

    • Jeffery Fabish
      September 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      "One may suggest that JAVA is the OO heaven"
      I think while we're off topic talking about software development, C++ would actually be "OO heaven", I would like to know who that "one" person was. Also, HTML would be the "base of the web", "base" implying it is a requirement for continuity. 

      "but, the language is not well designed and performs poorly."
      I'm sure that's why PHP is the preferred server side programming language, it's also faster than ASP. 

      "Not to mention the huge amount of wrong information on the wild that would misguide you..."
      Every language has it's share of unenlightened "tutors" who want to guide you, PHP has this, Java has this, every language has it.

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