PHP, Cold Fusion, ASP etc... - Which One?

PHP, Cold Fusion, ASP etc... - Which One?

Post by Mario Basl » Thu, 24 Feb 2005 02:00:09

I've only recently come back to creating websites (the last one was nearly 7
years ago!!) and i've only had experience in using forms and retrieving data
via an e-mail. I'm looking into creating database driven web applications but
with the wealth of choices about these days, it's hard to choose a starting
point. Is there a particular favourite in the dreamweaver community? I'm
particularly looking for a solution that works accross browsers and (if
possible) is not to hard to pick up. I've already got Cold Fusion MX but was
wondering whether PHP or any other options were a better choice.

PHP, Cold Fusion, ASP etc... - Which One?

Post by Kramerica » Thu, 24 Feb 2005 02:07:57

>>I'm particularly looking for a solution that works across browsers.

These are server side languages - browser should have nothing to do with it.
You need to determine which language you are comfortable with and then find
a host which will support that language on the server. Another factor may be
the type of database you are using may only be supported by a particular


PHP, Cold Fusion, ASP etc... - Which One?

Post by CMBergi » Thu, 24 Feb 2005 02:46:00

Many users find Cold Fusion to be the easiest to learn since it uses tags,
just like HTML, and that's familiar.
Classic ASP is easy for many, though it's not probably a starting point
seeing as it's been replaced.
PHP is liked by many, hated by me, but is not too difficult to learn and has
a lot of resources on-line to help you.
.NET is probably the most difficult of the choices, but has plenty of
advantages. I might revisit .NET after you get more comfortable with
server-side concepts. Maybe not the best place for a beginner, though.
ASP and .NET work well with most database systems, though not particularly
with MySQL.
PHP works best with MySQL, but can use most database systems.

Beyond that, it's really personal preference.

nearly 7

PHP, Cold Fusion, ASP etc... - Which One?

Post by garet » Thu, 24 Feb 2005 05:39:41

PHP is an excellent choice, is regularly maintained and is constantly being
updated adding new commands and functionality.

It also also many facilities built in such as file uploading that need extra
components in other languages.

Quite easy to pick up, and theres a huge number of tutorials on a range of
different subjects round the internet.

Gareth - TMM Dreamweaver

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PHP, Cold Fusion, ASP etc... - Which One?

Post by (_seb_ » Thu, 24 Feb 2005 06:48:22

I also recommend PHP because it is not proprietary (it's open source).
It is fairly easy to pick up and is supported by all servers (or let's
put it this way: servers have no reason not to support it, since it's
free to download and install).

PHP, Cold Fusion, ASP etc... - Which One?

Post by Micke » Thu, 24 Feb 2005 09:02:47

Choose ASP, not really!

Actually I use PHP as I can't afford the price of ASP hosting compared to
PHP hosting. PHP works excellently on many sites and the price (free) makes
it a winner. However if you are going to be developing dynamic sites for
business, you may be btter off learning ASP.Net (although a newer version is
already on the way!)


PHP, Cold Fusion, ASP etc... - Which One?

Post by Joe Makowi » Thu, 24 Feb 2005 09:25:24

On Tue 22 Feb 2005 07:02:47p, Mickey wrote in macromedia.dreamweaver:

Odd - I price out hosting occasionally, and much as I'd like to think that
ASP(.Net) hosting is more expensive than PHP/*nix, my experience has been
that it's comparable.

PHP, Cold Fusion, ASP etc... - Which One?

Post by Fasa » Thu, 24 Feb 2005 16:51:33

MS ASP. NET is really cool, and there will be even better support ofr
server behaviors from MM in the future. Datagrids are great and save
lots of time. That being said, MS servers are expensive compared to
PHP, and PHP is awesome too. I may put future business on PHP servers,
instead fo MS. They are cheaper and they have more extensions/scripts,
etc, than MS net (for free at least).

On Tue, 22 Feb 2005 17:00:09 +0000 (UTC), "Mario Basler"