It is not that difficult to find comparisons between ASP.NET and PHP in the internet. As a matter of fact, it’s all over the internet with two factions defending both these technologies and attempting to put down the other.  The real question should be where these technologies are best suited rather than which one comes out on top. Both ASP.NET development services and PHP development services enjoy great demand in the market today. Let’s explore the core features of both languages.
 

Microsoft ASP.NET

 
The development languages for the open source ASP.NET includes VB.NET, C#, C#.NET, and F#, and uses tools like Visual Studio and Mono to develop high performance websites. The server OS is of course Microsoft Windows, and it shares a syntax similar to VB. Despite being open source, ASP.NET isn’t technically free as there are quite a few associated costs.
 

PHP

 
A full open source scripting language, PHP leverages tools like PhpStorm, NetBeans, and various other editors. It is compatible with servers running on Linux, mac, or Windows, and comes with a syntax similar to C and C++ languages. PHP is free to use, and a large community backing it with technical support.
 

Choosing between ASP.NET and PHP

 
To reach a conclusion, it’s better to compare the most important aspects of both ASP.NET and PHP.

Scalability

Considering the fact that the scalability of a web application depends on the expertise of the programmers, the coding standards, the development framework, and programming practices and guidelines, both PHP and ASP.NET are fully capable of delivering highly scalable web applications.

Performance

There is a wrong notion that the performance and speed of a website or web app depends on the platform. PHP sites and ASP.NET sites rival each other when it comes to performance as both are capable of running routine processes and delivering desired results quickly.

As for the speed, it also depends on various other factors like database server, end-user’s computer hardware power and bandwidth. For the application to possess considerable speed, the code should be written well and the architecture should be implemented the right way.

Support

PHP is slightly ahead when it comes to support, owing to the larger pool of developers and an ever-growing community. ASP.NET is not far behind however as Microsoft invests a lot in supporting most of its technologies for website and software development, and the community is as helpful as the ASP.NET community. For developers with technical queries, the PHP community would still respond faster owing to its sheer volume of dedicated developers.

Cost

Despite the open source license, ASP.NET is still a Microsoft product and there are obviously going to be associated costs. PHP, however, is completely free. ASP.NET requires Windows OS running on the machine, which was considered to be more expensive than using the open source Linux OS which PHP supports. However, Microsoft’s recently made Windows hosting much less costly – now almost equivalent to the expense of Linux hosting.

But when it comes to professional web development, ASP.NET requires Visual Studio. Though a free version called VS Express is available for beginners, the IDE won’t cut it for professional development of sophisticated web applications. PHP, on the other hand, supports a variety of great IDEs – both free and paid.

Suitability

While PHP is ideal for smaller business websites, billing websites, and startups, ASP.NET is what companies rely on for enterprise-level websites and ERP apps. ASP.NET can also be used to build enterprise-class CRM systems, while PHP can be used for less complex CRMs.
 

Conclusion

 
All these points make choosing between the two quite challenging. But ultimately, a developing a good product cost-effectively depends on the development team’s strengths. If your developers are experts in the most popular Microsoft Technology, ASP.NET development would certainly be cost effective. Its rival, PHP, is not a slouch either provided the suitability of the application language is analyzed beforehand.

Written by: Ratheesh V S

Just like every other industry in the IT sector, web design is also subject to evolution, which also explains how it sustains its relevance every year. Last year, we witnessed a number of inspiring web design trends that opened doors to countless possibilities of making the web more immersive than ever. Quite a few of them will be turning heads this year.

Here are a couple of those web design trends you should watch for in 2017.
 

Virtual Reality/360º Videos

 
Virtual Reality (VR) is the single most important thing that took over the gadget realm by storm. However, the trend didn’t exactly place its mark on web design. At least not yet. But this year, it could. Peugeot 208’s promo campaign for a new product utilized both virtual reality and 360º videos, and received great applause in the digital realm.

Google’s already invested in VR, evident from Google Daydream headset which keeps expanding the possibilities of adopting the technology for everyday use. One of those possibilities certainly include web designs too that would integrate VR and 360º technology.
 

Conversational Interfaces

 
Before getting into detail about how conversational interfaces can change the face of business interaction, we should look into something that could change the way web designers think – AI-powered bots. Chances are they won’t be influencing web design much but can give designers innovative ideas on communication through websites, like automating it for instance.

There are already tools that enable online businesses to connect with their customers via popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger etc. Many other tools provide personalized customer support and commerce. Conversational interfaces make interactions more engaging for the customers, showing a different side of the business to consumers, and building trust.
 

Authentic Photography

 
Stock photography in websites has apparently become too hackneyed as a potential replacement came into practice last year – authentic photography. While studies have shown that people generally ignore stock photography, and it also reduces trust to a certain extent. This started giving second thoughts for businesses about having stock photography in their websites.

Numerous websites with authentic photography popped up online last year, indicating that finding good high-quality images nowadays is easier than we can imagine, not to mention how they can captivate visitors. Studies say images with real people in them can catch the attention of viewers quickly. This also influences the chances of converting visitors as well. This is more of a visual web design trend that’s rising in popularity owing to the demand for candid, authentic images.
 

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs)

 
The name itself suggests the advantages of SVGs over more conventional image formats like JPG, GIF, and PNG. SVGs are composed of vectors, unlike pixel-based images, and are hence independent of resolutions. Because of this, SVGs are bound to look good in any screen size on any device, and they can also be animated.

That is still not the best thing about SVGs. SVGs don’t require HTTP requests that actually slows down a website to a degree. SVGs won’t have that problem as there won’t be HTTP requests.
 

Typography

 
Typography has always been a welcome trend. But last year we saw an increased focus on making websites visually enticing yet different. Typography can serve that purpose just like animations and SVGs. Brands have started to go for eye-catching titles in their websites. Only a perfect combination of great colors, animations, and striking fonts can give a “wow” effect that brands are looking for.
 

Microinteractions

 
They are basically those small instances where the user interacts with something in a website. It could be a ‘like’, a ‘share’ or even filling a form field. The purpose is to provide users with feedback and guidance which in turn improves the UX. They have gained a lot of popularity last year, resulting in businesses trying to figure out creative microinteractions. This year, we will be seeing a lot of unique microinteractions in websites.
 

Pre-built Websites

 
The world of web development gives great value to ‘speed’ – how fast the website loads, how fast can the website go online, how fast can they complete designing and developing a website…

This could be the reason why pre-built themes and websites were very much appreciated last year. With pre-built websites, designers will be able to work faster to provide a robust base for building prototypes that function. In addition, there won’t be any coding hassles either. We will be seeing this trend more in 2017 considering how impressed the creative community is.
 

Conclusion

 
From everything we witnessed last year, it’s safe to assume that 2017 would be momentous for the web design industry with significant focus on personalization and user experience, hopefully giving rise to an immersive and intuitive online world.

Written by: Sharath Daniel

Technology plays a critical role in web stacks. Web stacks have always evolved in parallel with technology, over the years. We will be discussing LAMP stack and MEAN stack today.

LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Python/Perl.

MEAN is an acronym for MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js, and Node.js

There still seems to be a confusion when faced with a choice of MEAN or LAMP stacks for web development. The backend languages, server environment and databases are different for both.

Let’s discuss the pros and cons of MEAN and LAMP stacks with respect to 3 key areas – Web server, database and operating system.
 

The Web Server

 
Apache provides the web server for LAMP stack while Node.js holds that responsibility in the MEAN stack. LAMP stack has been there for a long time. And that is also one of the reasons why Apache is considered a mature technology, where you can get new extensions when they are available.

As for Node.js, it’s a relatively new technology. While you still get quite a few active plug-ins, you will still have to write your own plug-ins to cover those areas missing necessary functionalities. Node.js is event-based and also locks codes on the web server into JavaScript. This can complicate things when you try to convert a sophisticated back-end program.
 

Database

 
LAMP uses MySQL or other relational databases while MEAN works with MongoDB, a non-relational database. If you are in a situation where you have to translate the data in an existing SQL database, you will soon find it tiresome to remove redundant object attributes, and may have to rely on a custom software for this purpose.

Relational databases are comparatively easier to work with but is on the verge of becoming outdated. MongoDB features faster data retrieval and is more scalable though.
 

The Operating System

 
LAMP stack locks the operating system to Linux and its variants. There are no such restrictions in MEAN, as you can run it in any OS compatible with Node.js. Linux isn’t your only option if you are using MEAN stack, though it is still considered to be the best OS for a server environment.

Both LAMP and MEAN have pros and cons in all 3 key areas. Let’s assess a few more facts before concluding.
It is said that you can only master MEAN stack once you have mastered JavaScript. It’s going to be a tad tedious, but worth it. However, LAMP stack works with front-end JavaScript and back-end PHP, just comfortable enough for developers to develop an application without much worries.

While MEAN stack is faster and more scalable, LAMP is a tried-and-tested web stack with a secure infrastructure and a large support community.
 

Conclusion

 
Although many developers claim that MEAN stack will eventually replace LAMP stack, there are others who still believe in the latter’s potential. LAMP is time-tested, stable and sturdy, with tons of online tutorials and support availability. Its back-end architecture allows you to do whatever you want to do on the front-end. MySQL is still one of the most widely used databases.

MEAN stack features a single language from top to bottom, in addition to flexible deployment and faster data retrieval capabilities. You are free from micromanaging schemas and migrations in the database as it uses a non-relational NoSQL database. With JavaScript gaining popularity, MEAN stack is attracting more developers every year.

Deciding between LAMP and MEAN will mostly depend on the organizations you work for and the projects under development.

Written by: Ajeesh Azhakesan