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[web] php vs asp.net for a forum

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Im currently working on a website using neither of those two languages. Im using Jaxer and its javascript api, however Im thinking of either switching to PHP & javascript or asp.net, as jaxer lacks a bit of support right now since its so new. My question however pertains to building a forum. There is obviously a lot of dynamic content used in building a forum, and im wondering if asp.net would have a huge advantage over php or not.

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What is the OS of the server your forum going to be running on? If it's Windows, you can use PHP or ASP. If it's *nix, PHP is usually the only thing available. There are certain frameworks to allow ASP on *nix nowadays, but most are part of the premium packages hosts offer. I've never used the ASP api myself, so I can't comment on features or pros and cons, but if you look around at a lot of the popular existing forums today, vBulletin, SMF, phpBB, they are all done in PHP and are supported on Windows and *Nix servers as well as a few others. Just something to consider [wink]

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ASP.NET and ADO.NET are available on *nix via Mono - in fact, that's one of its most successful applications.

ASP.NET is a more sophisticated technology platform than PHP. It supports elegant separation of presentation (markup) and logic (code), provides rich controls encapsulating a wide range of functionality, and sports a fairly clean, mostly logical API. PHP is a fascinating language, but its growth has been very unplanned and organic, resulting in no discernible method to its nomenclature madness.

Unless you have a specific reason to avoid it, I'd recommend ASP.NET as the superior alternative, especially if you're developing and deploying entirely within the Microsoft ecosystem (Windows Server, IIS, Visual Studio).

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