PHP vs Java

Our team is experienced both in PHP programming and Java programming. We have a portfolio of both PHP-based applications and Java-based applications. What do we take into account when considering which tool to use?
Dec 03, 2017

PHP VS JAVA: TERMINOLOGY DIFFERENCES

  • PHP is a scripting languageJava is a programming language. There were lots of discussions about differences between scripting and programming languages. But these days it doesn't matter anymore, because today "there is no useful definition of what a scripting language is" or "set of distinct attributes that make a specific language a scripting language". Scripting languages are also considered programming languages.
  • Both Java and PHP are object-oriented languages. Advantages of the object-oriented programming are more evident the bigger a project and the more developers work on it. Using OOP reduces time and cost of software development, maintenance, and support.
  • Java is also a computing platform based on Java Virtual Machine and Java API. A virtual machine helps your application work faster and runs on different operating systems. PHP is usually not used in conjunction with words "computing platform" but it also has a virtual machine (Php 7 Zend Virtual Machine or Facebook's HHVM). The difference between Zend Engine and Java Virtual Machine is that the compiled code in PHP is usually not stored in separate files and the scripts are re-compiled on each execution (however, enabling opcode caching easily blur out these distinctions in performance).

PHP VS JAVA FOR WEB DEVELOPMENT

Both PHP and Java can be used for custom software development including web development. But few people use Java for startups. On the other side, PHP Laravel is widely used for startups.

"Small percentage of modern day web startups use Java"

It is always interesting to hear what other experienced developers think. Here are some quotes we gathered from the web.

"As a professional Java programmer, I've been trying to understand - why the hate toward Java for modern web applications? I've noticed a trend that out of modern day web startups, a relatively small percentage of them appears to be using Java (compared to Java's overall popularity)".

"Modern-day startups need to hit the market as soon as possible. They don't need to spend about six months in order to release their Java web application".

"In my experience, Java for web applications is overkill for small applications. A simple blog with one database table hold blog entries, for example, could be done in something much simpler. I have usually seen Java do much better in much larger web applications (think banks and insurance companies) that communicate with a number of other systems (such as mainframe back-ends and databases and peer web-services background batch-processing systems... all in the same application). From what I've seen, the architecture of a JavaEE web application is just usually more than is needed for small/simple web applications".

"This is true for Java EE, but now there is Play Framework that will make your Java web apps as lightweight and productive as Ruby on Rails".

PHP VS JAVA FOR HEALTHCARE

Let’s now compare PHP 7 and Java for building healthcare web applications.

  • In healthcare, both PHP and Java is used.
  • As was mentioned in the USA-based CIO business magazine, “Java is popular for the creation of small to large embedded devices and is often used for the development of remote patient monitoring applications and diverse and robust sensors».
  • According to the CIO, PHP is still often used in the healthcare industry to create web-based secure Electronic Health Record management applications. There is a lot of open-source health software in PHP, for example, OpenEHR. It is rather popular with many reputable healthcare organizations. 

PHP VS JAVA SALARY

On average, salaries of PHP web programmers are lower than the salaries of Java web programmers.

PHP VS JAVA SALARY
The average pay for a PHP Developer is $61,405 per year. Source: payscale.com/research/US/Job=PHP_Developer/Salary

PHP VS JAVA SALARY
A Java Developer earns an average salary of $73,268 per year. Source: payscale.com/research/US/Job=Java_Developer/Salary

PHP VS JAVA POPULARITY

PHP VS JAVA POPULARITY
GitHub is home to open source projects written in 337 unique programming languages. Java is more popular on GitHub than PHP by opened pull requests in 2017. Source: octoverse.github.com

PHP 7 vs Node.js

According to the “Developer Survey Results 2016”, which was conducted by StackOverflow among over fifty thousand developers from all over the world, Java is more widely used back-end technology compared to PHP. Source: stackoverflow.com/research/developer-survey-2016

THE BOTTOM LINE

There are no technical difficulties in creating applications in Java or PHP for a highly experienced programmer. Finding a team of them is much harder.

Belitsoft has both PHP and Java teams. Therefore our company has resources to create PHP-based web applications as well as Java-based web applications.

Dmitry Garbar manages PHP teams for Belitsoft since 2004. His team has more than 10+year experience in creating complex and secure applications for different industries including healthcare (backend for web and mobile applications (Electronic Health Record management application), complex forms for lead generation platforms and SAAS platforms for insurance brokers (INSLY) and much more).

We use the modern approaches and technologies, including microservice architecture, Laravel 5 framework, PHP 7.

  1. Microservice architecture lets you create scalable and easy maintainable backend. This is the newest trend which let you cost-effectively build enterprise level applications. Adopting Microservices allows you to write your software in different programming languages; so you could have some written in PHP and some in Java (if it is required).
  2. Laravel is the best PHP framework to reduce development time.
  3. PHP 7 is the most secure and fast version of PHP programming language.
  4. We know how to optimize additionally PHP-based web applications and Laravel-based application.

Blog writers

Subscribe to Belitsoft's Blog for Entrepreneurs

Join successful software startup founders! Get insights from growing companies like, where to get an idea, how to validate it, how to launch, and how to hire people - everything. Enter your email address below (no spam):

Email *

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

Lead Generation Design of The Best SaaS Websites

If clothes make the man, the design makes the website. That's where potential customers start evaluating a product. The SaaS website can (and should) be an online lead-generation machine, so each component of it has to be as good as possible. As people generally remember the first and the last thing they see, having impressive header and footer can go a long way towards making your product successful. What do some of the best SaaS companies do with their websites’ headers/footers? Look at this list to get and keep in mind some ideas for custom software development while building or redesigning your SaaS website. ...

PHP 7 vs Node.js

Our team is experienced both in PHP programming and Node.js development. We have a portfolio with both PHP-based applications and Node.js-based applications as well as mixed ones. What do we take into account when considering which tool to use in custom software development? ...

The Top 10 Advantages Of Laravel for Cost-Effective Web Development

Laravel framework is very popular for custom software development. It is the Most Starred PHP Framework on Github: more than 35 000 developers from all over the world (mostly from the USA) greatly appreciate robust features of this platform. Based on data of the BuiltWith, Laravel's popular websites verticals include Business, Entertainment, Media, News, Shopping, Technology, Vehicles. Why is Laravel so popular? ...

100% Remote Million-Dollar SaaS Companies

Companies that hire remote (distributed, virtual, dispersed, or dedicated) workers and do it well seem to have a huge leg up on the competition. Let’s learn how these successful SaaS companies use global talents to increase software quality and reduce the cost of rent and office supplies: Basecamp, Buffer, Chargify, Convertkit, Ghost(pro), Groove, Hubstaff, Invision, Olark, and Zapier. As the company where you can find a remote PHP developer, we believe that you could utilize their experience and expertise to build your own full remote SaaS company. ...

SaaS Founders Who Became Rich Starting With MVP

Belitsoft has a huge experience in MVP software development for startups and prototypes for existing brands. MVP is a minimal version of the product with the minimum set of features that is enough to deploy and test the key hypothesis to solve problems of this product’ potential customers. Experts suggest that, in B2B, it’s not an MVP until you sell it. Viable means you can sell it. ...

Profitable SaaS Startup Ideas

The way to get profitable startup idea is not to try to think of startup ideas (including SaaS development). It's to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself.  In fact, for many entrepreneurs, successful business ideas start out as solutions designed to address a challenge they face personally. Solving the problem that frustrates you may be one of the best ways of finding an idea for your startup. Look at these software developers who turned their problem into success.  ...

Get A Free Quote

Do you have a software development project to implement? We have people to work on it.
We will be glad to answer all your questions as well as estimate any project of yours.
Use the form below to describe the project and we will get in touch with you within 1 business day.

Call us:
Phone - USA
Phone - BELARUS
Skype
EMAIL US:
Contact form