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    I'm new to web development but not to programming. After reviewing the options, I chose PHP. I have to connect to a legacy application system. My middleware supplier can either supply a JDBC or an ODBC to my data... They are pushing me to do Java.. and don't want to support a PHP driver due to lack of demand by their developers. I need to get up to speed quickly. The web application is for a distributor with 5000 customers. The application needs upward scalability - it may be used in an Application Service Provider situation. Would appreciate your opinion.
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    >>and don't want to support a PHP driver due to lack of demand by their developers

    So do you have an alternative?

    >>Would appreciate your opinion

    So what is your question if you don't have an alternative?
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    As a visitor to several of my large distributor sites that use jsp's, my impression is that they are slower than php driven sites. Now, I'm not sure what type of database is being used and that could be a very large factor.

    From what I've worked with, PHP is easier to develop for, and pretty much anything you can do in java you can do in php.

    just my .02
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    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by freebsd:
    >>and don't want to support a PHP driver due to lack of demand by their developers

    So do you have an alternative?

    >>Would appreciate your opinion

    So what is your question if you don't have an alternative?
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    The middleware supplier will do PHP if I insist since they committed to it several months back. So, I do have a choice.
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    If you aren't already an experienced Java developer, then use PHP. Java will take you a lot longer to get up to speed with. It offers some advantages with very large projects, but I would pick PHP nine times out of ten for web applications.

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