On 8/20/13 9:00 AM, Tedd Sperling wrote:
Hi guys:

A teacher at my college made the statement that JAVA for Web Development is 
more popular than PHP.

Where can I go to prove this right or wrong -- and/or -- what references do any 
of you have to support your answer? (sounds like a teacher, huh?)

Here are my two references:



But I do not know how accurate they are.

What say you?



As others have said, he's simply wrong. :-) "Good"ness of either language aside, the data (W3Techs is what I usually cite) is clear: For server-side web dev, PHP is the 800 lb gorilla.

For all programming combined? Java may be bigger than PHP, sure. For embedded? No question, Java > PHP as PHP has almost no presence. For "enterprise shops"? There probably are segments of the market that are very Java-centric, even on the web, no question.

It's all how you define your scope. I'm sure he could come up with some definition of "market" that would show Java having a bigger marketshare than PHP, within that market. The question is whether that is a valid definition of "market" in context.

Lies, damned lies, and statistics. :-)

As countering data-points: Wordpress alone is 18% of the web. Drupal is the #1 CMS used to power US government websites. Universities and Museums are very big on Drupal. (That's my day job. <g>) PHP's marketshare is huge, even in "enterprise".

--Larry Garfield

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