PHP was first released in 1995, followed much later by Node.js in 2009, and they are both used as a server-side scripting language for developing web-based applications.
Let’s compare both of them
Getting started in PHP and node, one can write code easily, the simpler program like “Hello World” can be developed in very less amount of time.
PHP is older technology and support availabl0e on the internet, libraries, and forums are on the higher side compared to Node. The node also has good support, still, support is not as good as PHP because the node is younger technology. But libraries, framework, and support in terms of support are increasing in Node day by day.
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The performance of node is much better than PHP. Node is faster because of following reasons:
1. Just In Time Compilation
2. Asynchronous Calls
Node’s work on nonblocking calls leading to the faster execution of code. The main process is not busy in any blocking call, all DB calls, network calls are non-blocking. This makes the control not to wait for blocking time taking calls but it listens to events of when work get completes.
This Asynchronous calls features reduce CPU bandwidth up to great extent and hence node require much less CPU to server N number of request comparing with PHP or other related technology.
3. JSON Processing
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NPM is the tool which helps in developing the environment for installation of Node modules, Node modules get installed by simple and clean NPM command line interface. NPM makes developers life very easy and is one stop solution for all environmental challenges which may be coming with open sources.
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Despite PHP is an older framework, have good support over internet Node is the future, the reason being its lightweight, it’s faster.
The support of Node and related framework is increasing day by day making it very developer friendly.