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The Difference Between PHP, ASP.NET, JSP and CFML

The tools of various kinds are used for web application development. These may be the script and programming languages, frameworks, diverse technologies, and so on.

In order to qualitatively perform web site testing, the QA specialist team should be familiar with the peculiarities and differences of the most widespread development tools.

What Are the Main Tools for Web Development?

  • PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor - scripting language)
  • JSP (Java Server Pages - designing technology)
  • ASP (Active Server Pages - dynamic web page creation technology)
  • CFML (ColdFusion Markup Language - scripting language)

But knowing only the full form of the name will not assist QA specialist to effectively fulfil cross-browser testing, unit checking, compatibility testing,  system checking, functional testing, performance testing, load testing, and etc.

Also, it is important to get acquainted and clarify the key differences between the above-mentioned tools for web application creation.

The Main Distinctions Between PHP, ASP.NET, JSP and CFML:

  • Availability. The open-source tools are PHP and JSP; ASP - a commercial one, and CFML - available as commercial, as well as free versions.
  • The web servers support. PHP and CFML - the built-in one, JSP uses additional libraries, and ASP - framework.NET.
  • MySQL maintenance. PHP and the last CFML version - native; ASP and JSP - the third-party driver is required.
  • Integration with HTML. It takes place with no trouble for PHP and CFML, for ASP and JSP - a rather complex process.
  • Web hosting. Almost all servers support PHP. The dedicated server is necessary for CFML and ASP. And JSP is  fairly maintained by the servers.