Python vs PHP

Python and PHP are widely used coding languages in today’s IT world. While Python is general purpose programming language meant to cater both standalone and scripting applications, PHP stands for Hypertext Pre-processor and primarily used for developing a dynamic website or HTML web application. In this article, we will compare both Python and PHP and discuss how one is different from other.

Though Python has an open source background which is pretty similar to PHP, still there are contrasting details between both the programming high level languages. PHP is a server-side scripting language,  while in contrast Python is an object-oriented scripting language. Inspite of PHP being released 4 years later than Python ie in year 1995, still PHP has been able to gather more interest of people and henceforth has been more popular than Python. Python was created by Guido Van Rossum. PHP was creator name is Rasmus Lerdorf.


The purpose for creation of Python was for ease of readability and intent of improved productivity, conversely, PHP was created with perspective of web development and in order to produce dynamic and interactive HTML web pages. An important parameter where Python shows upper hand is in terms of security of the coding language. Former language has substantial security features which make it less prone to attacks etc while latter offers fewer security features hence making it more vulnerable.  Lastly, 2 parameters where PHP is lucrative are Exception handling and Database connectivity. In both the features, PHP is fully supported and infact integrates perfectly well with array of databases. On the other hand, Python is not the best when it comes to exception handling. Moreover, it has limited capability to support different types of databases.

All the above shared differences between Python and PHP have been showcased in the below given table –

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