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Pros/Cons of common programming languages.

April 23, 2012

Today developers use Wordpress, Django and other frameworks such as Drupal and Joomla to create websites and mobile applications. Why do some developers mainly use Wordpress for building sites while others use programs such as Django, Drupal and Joomla?

Wordpress has become extremely popular in the recent years for small business, personal blogs and static websites. For those uses, Wordpress stands above others because of its ease of use and ability to personalize pages without development experience. The other positive aspect about Wordpress is its library of plugins to incorporate into your site. If you are familiar with using Wordpress, you know that you can add pages, content, and media with just a few clicks. Another main reason people use Wordpress is for personal blogs, portfolios and to display any uncomplicated data. It is becoming increasingly popular amongst the artist community (photographers, writers, etc.) for them to display their portfolios. However with all of the positives, there is a threshold to what Wordpress can be used for. When you move beyond a simple website with simple customization, Wordpress becomes exponentially more complicated.

Today there are programmers who continue to write code in PHP. It is one of the first developed server-side scripting languages to be embedded into an HTML source document, rather than calling an external file to process data. Being the first developed server-side language, PHP has had constant updates throughout its lifetime. These updates however have proven to be unstable. In some cases updates to the language have caused crashes in sites that are written in PHP. The language has also given developers and noobs headaches because of its poor syntax, bad documentation and its function names are unnecessarily long. Historically the developers who have written updates to the language have given poor documentation surrounding the updates, making it harder for developers to figure out why their code has errors.

In web development today prototypes and minimum viable products are becoming more and more of a necessity when first starting a new product. This is why Python, a programming language, has become so useful. Using Python in the Django framework has allowed developers to rapidly deploy websites because of the open-source library of previously created code. When building a new site or application, developers can use previously written code and incorporate it into their project. In Python’s library of code you can find features and 3rd party plugins such as User authorization, Admin portals, Object relationship mapping, SEO, Mezzanine, Blogging, Email and many more. Another advantage of Python is its ability to release stable updates the language.

There are advantages and disadvantages to all coding languages and frameworks. Wordpress is easy and quick but has its limitations, PHP and Ruby on Rails work well but are not as stable or flexible and Django/Python seem to have the most potential in terms of growth with its ever-growing open source library.

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