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 Post subject: PHP vs. Miva
PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2002 2:20 pm 
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I am a fairly decent Miva programmer after having been at for 5 years. Now Miva is forcing developers to purchase a compiler.

I would just like anyone's opinion about PHP vs Miva including learning curve, local PC testing, availability at hosting services, free code or modules, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: PHP vs. Miva
PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2002 9:54 pm 
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Gunslinger wrote:
I would just like anyone's opinion about PHP vs Miva including learning curve, local PC testing, availability at hosting services, free code or modules, etc.


First, I will be honest, I don't know Miva. Heard of it, seen some code (ColdFusion like, iirc), but never used it.

Secondly, I abhor A v.s. B topics. They simply get no where.

Finally, PHP is probably going to be a better choice for several reasons.

PHP is still free, and will always be free. Miva, apparently, decided to change its tune, and charge for it to boot.

The benifits of PHP for testing are that you can install PHP on your local machines (Windows, *Nix, etc) and upload the same script to your server (Windows, *Nix, etc) and it work basically the same (unless you are doing OS specific things, but that is hard to do wrong).

Personally, I have never had a problem testing PHP on my local machine.

As far as hosting goes, PHP is practically as prevalent as Perl is. If you are looking for a good host with good PHP, http://www.imhosted.com is good, they host this site, as well as my other site, http://www.phpcomplete.com and I expect a lot out of my PHP. They do well.

Free code and modules galore! http://www.PHPClasses.org, http://www.EvilWalrus.com are just 2 sites, and both in the PHP Developer's Network. They are both good sources for scripts and code snippets. http://www.HotScripts.com is another good resource that you can find stuff on.

Generally speaking, PHP is free, and so most of the code will be free (though there are some exceptions).

PHP is definetly a solid server side production environment, as I use it on a daily basis where I work. I do a lot of the CC processing stuff, and PHP makes it very easy. We also use PHP for our games (interface in Flash, game logic in PHP), so it is quite a versitile little language.


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