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Transition From Client-side To Server-side Functionality

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QUERY: I have recently decided to make the transition from client-side to server-side functionality and would like the forum's insight with regard to the best application to achieve server-side functionality. BACKGROUND: MobileMe of Apple Computer has recently told me that they are freezing all of their .Mac accounts in favor of MobileMe. This means that my entire website will remain visible at the online address, but that I will no longer be able to service any of its content. This leaves two alternatives: transfer all of my files into the new MobileMe domain name or abandon Apple as my online host. Transferring my site's content to the new MobileMe environment would devastate my online presence. Simply leaving it frozen in time in the .Mac domain would be a slow and tragic death. Faced with this choice I have decided to find a new host that permits server-side content. In so doing I will also satisfy an important long-term goal, albeit prematurely -- namely, server-side functionality. Recently I contacted Akamai Technologies and identified a reliable global web-hosting service called Rackspace. They have promised to call me tomorrow with an offer, and I need to be ready. As a dedicated Apple user with a high level of mobility it is probably unwise for me to host my own website on my own computers. CURRENT PREFERENCE: Without any consultation from anyone I would choose PHP, simply because I remember having read that it is both open and free. Moreover, I see it often as an extension when I surf, and it appears to be very popular. This said, I know that there is a lot more out there and only have until tomorrow to prepare myself. What application would you recommend and why?Roddy

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The typical answer is that PHP has a large community and a lot of resources, almost all free, ASP has a large community but is mainly used in corporate environments and a lot of components for it cost money, and ColdFusion hasn't ever managed to build a similar community. There are still a lot of resources for CF, just not as many. The only thing I really dislike about the PHP community is that, since it's so large and so accessible, there are a lot of "tutorial" sites and things out there that are run by beginners and giving bad advice and spreading poor-quality code, other than that it's a good community.

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