Python as replacement for PHP?

Bruno Desthuilliers bdesth.quelquechose at
Sat Feb 28 14:03:32 CET 2004

Bart Nessux wrote:
> Erik Johnson wrote:
>> This is somewhat a NEWBIE question...
>>     My company maintains a small RDBS driven website. We currently 
>> generate
>> HTML using PHP.  I've hacked a bit in Python, and generally think it is a
>> rather cool language. I've done Perl and like it, there are a few 
>> features
>> of PHP I like but overall am not too excited about it. 

>> To those that have used PHP: what am I potentially 
>> losing
>> that Python really can't replace?
>>     So, I'm hoping there are some people out there that actually have 
>> some
>> expereience with both Python & PHP and can give me some solid, informed
>> advice about PHP vs. Python, in general and particularly on the following
>> points: 

> When it comes to dynamic, DB driven sites, PHP is the only way to go. 
> Python is not even close to being suited for this task. 


> A serious business decision? PHP would be the only winner here. You 
> should not even be considering another language for this, it borders on 
> stupidity. 


Bart, could you please back your (strong) assertions with at least one 
argument ?

AFAIK, there is a whole lot of python tools for web developpement, and I 
don't really see any evidence that one of the two languages is more or 
less suited to this kind of task.

The only points I see in favor of PHP are :
- it's a de facto standard, widely used, widely available, and well 
- there may be some specific libs not (currently) available in Python.


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