Feeds

Developers more 'satisfied' with PHP than other codes

Ease of use plus no unpleasant aftertaste

New hybrid storage solutions

You down with PHP? (Yeah, and Ruby)

The surveying snoops at Evans Data say developers that use PHP are more satisfied with the scripting language overall than those who program with Ruby, Perl, Javascript, Flex, and VB script.

Evans Data said it polled over 500 developers and IT professionals world-wide, asking them to rank the features and options of scripting languages they have personally used. It asked respondents to judge the languages on 12 characteristics such as ease of use, exception handling, security, client-side scripting, and the coding community.

The overall scripting crown and scepter went to PHP, winning the top spot most categories. Ruby took second place overall with top marks in ease of use, which also was what most coders said is the most important feature to win their hearts. Python arrived in third place with the high score in the extensibility category.

From the survey's report:

Overall, most of these languages have their merits and their drawbacks. Ruby users are convinced it is the easiest to use and that development in Ruby proceeds much faster than in other languages. It is object oriented and supports code reusability, so developers should be able to write programs that can be maintained and extended. However, the Ruby community is very small and despite the hype of Ruby during the last two or three years, its market penetration has been feeble and it's not easy to find Ruby developers – which is potentially a big problem.

Evans Data calls Python users "enthusiastic," and says the language's best attributes support the creation of relatively large and complex applications. It adds that while the Python developer community is small, it's shown signs of growing over the last couple of years. Plus Google uses Python, so it has to be cool.

But both lost in the overall score to PHP, which Evans Data says has the second largest community of scripting-language users behind JavaScript. The market-research firm dubs PHP the de facto workhorse of the web for its strong set of tools and developers that are "plentiful and easy to find."

The least-satisfied coders overall according to the survey, are those using Microsoft's VBScript.

Each category was ranked on a scale of 1-5 (image courtesy Evans Data)

The three winning languages broken down into categories are:

  • Ease of Use: Ruby, PHP, Flex
  • Exception Handling: Ruby, Python, Powershell
  • Extensibility: Python, PHP, Perl
  • Maintainability/Readability: Ruby, PHP, Python
  • Cross-platform Portability: PHP, Ruby, Python
  • Community: Ruby, PHP, Javascript
  • Availability of Tools: PHP, Ruby, VB Script
  • Quality of Tools: PHP, Flex, Python
  • Performance: PHP, Perl, Python
  • Memory Management: Python, Perl, Flex
  • Client-side Scripting: Javascript, Ruby, Windows Powershell
  • Security: Microsoft F#, PHP, Ruby

A gratis full copy of the report is available here (PDF) assuming you don't mind entering some personal data first. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps
Google offers beta of tricky OS-inside-OS tech
Keep that consumer browser tat away from our software says Oracle
Big Red decides it will only support Firefox's Extended Support Releases
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine
Open source? In the government? Ha ha! What, wait ...?
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.