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Q: Server side includes ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Server side includes
Category: Computers
Asked by: steveng123-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 29 Oct 2002 19:55 PST
Expires: 28 Nov 2002 19:55 PST
Question ID: 92749
i am looking for current articles comparing scripting languages php,
jsp, and  asp. current is within the last 3 months, and from a
reputable source.


Request for Question Clarification by hailstorm-ga on 29 Oct 2002 21:03 PST

By "articles", are you looking for articles that appear in print (such
as a magazine or newspaper), or will website articles do?

Also, please note that PHP, ASP, and JSP have all been around for many
years. As such, most of the best reviews and comparisons of these
programming languages have been written longer than three months ago,
for example this Webmonkey review of various scripting languages from

So you may wish to rethink your desire to see articles within the last
three months...

Clarification of Question by steveng123-ga on 29 Oct 2002 21:14 PST

Web articles are preferred.

Yes the languages are older, and I came across the webmonkey article
as well, but was specifically looking for something at least in 2002. 
As far as I can tell, these languages are still in high use, and was
looking for a guideline describing their relative benefits.


Request for Question Clarification by hailstorm-ga on 29 Oct 2002 22:03 PST

Here is an article comparing PHP against JSP, ASP, Cold Fusion, and
other scripting solutions dated December 20, 2001:

I think the reason you won't find too many recent articles comparing
the three is that it has been a long time since there have been any
major innovations in any of them.  PHP version 4 came out in 2000, as
did JSP version 1 (though version 2 has now reached the final proposed
draft stage...see
for more information)  ASP format has been around for years, and is
being phased out for the .NET platform.  So I believe that any
articles from mid-2000 on should still give a valid comparison of
these platforms today.

I have several articles I can provide you from mid-2000 onwards if you
would accept this for an answer.

Clarification of Question by steveng123-ga on 29 Oct 2002 22:28 PST

Note:  the macromedia article in webart's comment is from April 2002.

Your mention of the phase out of asp to .net is a good indicator of
the status of these languages. I think I'll accept your findings, but
would appreciate one more dig on this.

Subject: Re: Server side includes
Answered By: hailstorm-ga on 30 Oct 2002 00:49 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

In respect with your wishes, I will limit most of the resources I list
to those that are verified as written in 2002.

The most recent article of use I could find was, like the previous
link I included, also from Paragon Corporation dated October 7th,
2002.  It talks about the tag-based programming features of JSP,
ASP.NET, and Cold Fusion:

From ExpertsExchange, a June 2002 thread dedicated to evaluating the
best scripting language for large corporate sites (mostly a comparison
of PHP to ASP):

From ServerWatch dated February 21st, 2002, an article about migrating
from a static HTML site to dynamic content, outlining the features of
PHP, JSP, Perl, ASP.NET, and ColdFusion:

From PCWatch on February 12th, 2002, an article comparing ASP to PHP,
JSP, Perl, and ColdFusion (with a link to an in depth article on using
those technogies to interface to a database from December 2001):,4149,33379,00.asp

I _think_ this article on Active Web Sites and Comparison of Scripting
Languages is from 2002, but I can't be sure. Nevertheless, it has nice
capsule descriptions of the good and bad points of ASP, PHP, JSP, and

Though from October 2001, I think that this article from Webmaster
Base entitled "Which Server-Side Language Is Right For You?" is the
most comprehensive of the bunch, targeting PHP, ASP, Java/JSP, Perl,
and Cold Fusion:

Finally, an article from way back in 2000, but one that touches not
only on the other solutions we've mentioned here, but some of the more
esoteric ones like embPerl, Lasso, and Zope:

Google search terms used:
  ASP JSP PHP 2002
  ASP JSP PHP 2002 alternatives
  ASP JSP PHP 2002 comparisons
  ASP JSP PHP 2002 articles
steveng123-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
tough topic for current info - thanks for the work.

Subject: Re: Server side includes
From: webart-ga on 29 Oct 2002 21:35 PST
 The subject is right on, but I am not sure when this was written.

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