Ready to launch your amazing new startup? That’s great. But have you thought about the programming language to choose for your amazing startup?
Building a web application from scratch is a seriously daunting task. Even if you have a fair share of experience in tech, it can still get really confusing because of the plethora of options that you have.
For simplicity’s sake, we will be keeping our focus on three main languages which are: PHP, .NET and Java. These are widely popular languages among a lot of developers and always get the first look into when the perfect fit for the application is being decided upon.
Things to keep in mind to choose a programming language for your Startup
There are quite a few factors that can be taken into consideration to weigh in all your options. But the ones given below are the prime deciding factors in this situation. The same applies to both startups and also other businesses.
1. Volume of Developers:
When choosing a language to build a web application, it is important to choose from a large talent pool of developers. There are two main reasons for this which are:
a. Firstly, on a budget constraint, you do not want to get involved in the hassle of selecting from a limited stock of developers. This can result in the developers charging very high and also not being completely dedicated towards your project.
b. Secondly, if the language is backed by a smaller developer community, you might face a lot of limitations in functionality and support. With a larger community though, there will always be people trying to develop code for new and unique functionalities and support you.
With respect to the languages we have chosen, an approximate volume of developers are as follows:
Your budget comes in the picture again. Even if you do have a good amount of financial resources during the start of the project, that doesn’t mean its fine to start blowing it away without a plan.
Choosing your developer is a significant aspect of that plan. Since the developer cost of your project is going to be a prime expense, based on the compensation demands of the developers you can plan out your whole budget accordingly.
The average compensation demands of PHP, Java and .Net developers are as follows:
Lastly, the most significant factor for choosing a programming language for your startup or business is the capabilities of the language. Given below are some key points of consideration of the languages we chose for comparison.
.NET is a framework that is developed and owned by Microsoft. The framework equips developers with a programming environment that allows them to develop, test and execute software programs on Windows Operating System.
Some Notable features of .NET are:
Interoperability – Code written in any .NET language is converted into an intermediate language. This program can then be used by all the other languages available within the .NET framework.
Language independence – Developers can choose from one of the many languages of the .NET framework. Programs written in other .NET languages can easily be accessed by any language.
Base class library – Developers can just import the base class library to their code and make use of its predefined properties to execute complex functions. These include reading, writing, database interaction etc.
Security – The .NET framework provides developers with a very secure landscape using managed code development and providing built in features of user and code security.
PHP is an open source general purpose scripting language that is primarily used for web development. The PHP code can be embedded into HTML and then be combined and used with various web frameworks, content management systems and template systems.
Some notable features of PHP include:
Open source – PHP is an open source language which is backed by a vast developer community. So apart from getting a free of charge language, you also get a great amount of support for effective use.
Embedding – Since the PHP code can be easily embedded into HTML or HTML 5 markup, data processing for websites doesn;t require calling external files for processing.
Cross-platform – PHP has a high compatibility with various operating systems and servers.PHP scripts can run across Linux, Windows, Solaris, MAC OSX etc.
Object oriented -PHP is object oriented. You can define classes in PHP and create objects from these classes that can then be used wherever required.
JAVA is a general purpose programming language that was released by Sun Microsystems. It is object oriented and can be used on any operating system since Java code interpreters and runtime environments exist for almost all operating systems.
Some notable features of JAVA are
Object oriented – Java is an object oriented language in which everything is presented as an object. This makes development and maintenance easy if the project size is big.
Platform independent – Compiled JAVA code is converted into JAVA ByteCode that is not machine native and can be interpreted by JAVA Virtual Machine on any operating system.
Multithread –JAVA is multithreaded. A single JAVA program can have different threads executing simultaneously with very little effort required from the programmer’s side. Each thread gets an equal amount of time from the CPU.
Security – JAVA programs run in a secure environment (sandbox) that keeps out programs downloaded from untrusted sources. It also doesn’t use pointers, which otherwise may provide unauthorized access to memory blocks.
So in the end, which is the better one? The answer for this question is based purely on your needs and project requirements. While one language can be the best fit for a project, it may not be a good choice for another.
Web Developers , Mobile App Development Companies and even firms providing Business Intelligence Services make use of these key dynamics to determine the best language to be used. Once you’ve analyzed these points according to your project, you’ll be able to derive the right answer to the above question too.
Matrid Technologies has dedicated teams of JAVA, .NET, PHP and many other languages. Get in touch with us to start your project with the language of your choice within 24 hours.