> I need an opinion of which is the better way to go. Should I create my
> mySQL enabled web application using CGI's written in C or using PHP?
Mostly that should depend upon your skill set and needs. If you (or
your group) have a greater experience in one of those two, pick the one
I do almost all of my work in C/C++, but that's partly because that's
where my skills are. I also have some template code that allows me to
have multiple user interfaces for a single application (for different
partners or browser). It also allows me to seperate the UI from the
> I'm looking for information on execution speed, ease of maintainability as
> well as portability.
A C app _should_ be faster, but then there are a lot of issues
involved. Persistant applications with an open data base connection
will be faster for data base interaction than a program that has to
start up and make a new data base connection.
And no matter what language you use, a poorly written app can be slow
PHP may be more portable, but any time you plan to make a program
portable you have to pay more attention to your design.
> Just a note - the site is currently written using C CGI's so I'm looking
> to see if there would be a speed/maintainability benefit to PHP.
As for development speed, that depends entirely on your background. I
can write C apps very quickly and I have a library of code for building
web apps to help me. A Perl programmer could write quickly in Perl.
Same with PHP or any other language.
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