PHP and ASP.NET - a feature list

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By  ninethsense   On  20 Aug 2010 09:08:53
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This is just a helper article which may help you to decide which technology you might want to go.
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I do not want to call this as a comparison but a list of equivalent features. You can find a lot of links if you search on internet regarding 'which is good and which is bad'. Here, I would like to give same weightage to both technologies as both got its advantages and disadvantages.


Well, I made this list when I was thinking about the right technology for one of my latest requirement. I wanted to make something to present for a presentation as a part of my Architecture Design job.

Here goes the list

The choice of technology is completely dependent on the requirements. The factors that influence the decision of choice are based on the following:

  • Complexity of Business logic
  • Density of contents
  • Expected number of Hits (if it is a website)
  • Budget
  • Size of project etc.

There are multiple options available for many features. Major ones are listed which are my recommendations.





Latest Stable Version



As of 19 Aug 2010



PHP License v3.01



       · ASP.NET - .NET Framework is free. So ASP.NET also free

      · Web Server – IIS – Not Free. OS cost applicable

      · OS – Windows Server – Not Free

       . PHP – Free

· Web Server – Free

       · OS – Linux is free, Windows is costly

PHP can be installed on any OS and Web server.

But ASP.NET is recommended for IIS only (even though ports to few web servers available)

Third Party Hosting Price

Cost involved

Cost Involved

Both are not costly but if you compare, PHP is found little bit cheaper

Development Cost

Developer cost Involved

Visual Studio Express Editions are free

Rapid-Application-Development Model. So development takes less time

Developer Cost Involved

Free/Open Source IDEs available

Much coding involved

Both are same but ASP.NET is more on Rapid-Application-Development and PHP is more on Coding

Cross Platform



Whatever server side language you use, browsers render only as HTML.

But development is not cross-platform even though ASP.NET got ports for Linux available

Code Portability 



For php, a code written on Linux/Apache will work on Windows or any OS/Web Server.

But .NET, even though we have ports available, you will require some tweaks to make it run

Cloud Feasibility



Additionally, for ASP.NET -SQL Azure also available for database hosting

Mode of source

Closed Source

Open Source

Application developers have no benefits for either it is closed or open

UPDATE: Microsoft also opened .NET framework code for reference. Not that it is just for reference. You cannot do anything except reading.

A real open source must be able to download, make amendments, re-compile.

You cannot make your own .NET versions.

Promoted by


PHP Community


Customer Support by Owner




Security Fixes

Auto Update – part of OS

Need to update separately when available

Both parties release fixes for bugs and security issues instantly

Developer Help



Both technologies got fans worldwide. They will provide help and guidance through forums, mail lists, news groups etc.


        · C#

        · VB.NET

      · Jscript etc.




Any Database

Good fit: Microsoft SQL Server

Any Database

Good fit: MySQL

Supports most of the databases

Frameworks / OOPs

       · There is an inbuilt framework (called web forms framework) available which will force developers to use OOPs

You can write both procedural and OOPs based code



Microsoft ASP.NET MVC



Development IDE

      · Recommended: Microsoft Visual Studio

      · Any IDE

      · Recommended: Zend Studio

       · Any IDE

Even notepad can be used for coding. PHP is more easy for that, but if you can afford Visual Studio, then ASP.NET


      · ADO.NET Entity Framework

       · NHibernate

      · Doctrine



      · NVelocity

       · Smarty



      · ASP.NET uses Microsoft.NET framework. So you can make use of any functionality available on .NET framework

       · HTTPHandlers

      · HTTPModules

      · ISASP Extentions etc.

       · PECL – PHP Extension Community Library



Easy to learn



Personally I found PHP to be easier for a beginner to learn programming

Recommended for Huge systems?



As per my analysis, PHP is recommended for small-to-medium projects and ASP.NET and JSP for medium-to-big applications

Content Management Systems

      · DotNetNuke

      · SharePoint

      · N2CMS …

       · Typo3

      · Joomla

       · Magento …

Wide verity of options


Growing very fast

Growing with limited speed

Micorosft’s team is keen to develop and integrate new features. But since PHP is promoted by community, it takes time to reach that level

Backward Compatibility

Old code will work on new framework versions without change

Old code might need tweaks to make it work on latest versions



IIS must improved from past and now a days it is one of the secure web servers

Major web servers are secure

ASP.NET, PHP, Oss and its servers are mostly secure. Now developer need to make sure his coding is secure.



Faster for small programs and slower for medium-to-big programs

Very basic old argument – ASP.NET is compiled and PHP is interpreted (line by line compilation and execution)


Multiple methods available

Eg: Publish, XCopy, MSI

You need to copy/paste code to server somehow (eg: ftp)


Some useful features

       · WCF (Windows Communication Foundation), Web Service, .NET Remoting etc.

        · ASP.NET AJAX

      · Built-in Caching features

· Web Service

       · Third party Ajax libraries

       · Third party Caching libraries


 I do not claim all I stated above are true, but all what I believe to be true. Also this list is no way complete and is time consuming to build a full list so I included major points only.

Correct me if any point is wrong or I missed any important points.thank you for reading.

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