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Posted by Garrie (Garrie), 20 March 2003
Does anyone know of a document which compares and contrasts PHP and ASP?

My department are looking to standardize our development technologies and I would like to present a case for PHP.


Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 20 March 2003
For starters, have a look at which has a nice introduction suitably biased in favour of PHP   followed by lots of user views / discussions

Posted by Garrie (Garrie), 21 March 2003
Thanks for the link Graham.
There is a fly in the ointment however; the proposed specification is

Web Server: IIS
Database: MS Access, Oracle
Dev Tool: Dreamweaver MX

The documentation for Dreamweaver states that it provides support for PHP witrh direct connections to MySQL. It does not support connections directly to MS Access or via ODBC. If this is the case, then PHP doesn't stand a chance.
Does anyone know any different?

Many thanks.


Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 22 March 2003
Hmm.   You already have a lot of Microsoft products as part of the specification, so it is going to be more technically straightforward to pay more money to Mr Gates and add another of his products (ASP) than it is to "switch horses" halfway.  Apache, Dreamweaver, PHP and MySQL would make a nice combination but that's ruled out it seems  

PHP does include support for many other databases and modules like ADOdb allow for database independent code in PHP - but you may be right about Dreamweaver's direct support being MySQL alone;  that's certainly how we use it internally, and we don't have  experience yet of going beyond that point.   Of course, there's no reason why you can't embed any PHP code you like including other database calls within your HTML that's managed by Dreamweaver, but you won't have that full integrated environment that you're probably looking for.

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