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The idea of this kind of comparison as first-class is weird to me. I don’t know how to make sense of it. Whatever you use to build a project is evaluated in the context of how it enabled you to succeed at building that project. How can you compare two tools without the context of what they are helping you to do? Is a hammer better than a sanding belt?


I used both.

NodeJS is definitely more modern framework, with it's non-blocking IO, it is much more easier and fluent to do asynchronous programming. For modern backends, asynchronous and non-blocking IO.is very important.

Php feels like an older technology. It is still very popular, but most people starting new projects/startups probably won't use it anymore (Unless you are really good at it, sometimes it is better to start with a tool you already know best rather than a new tool). Also, Php really allows beginners to easily make security mistakes compared to other techs.

Some data here:

Php just have a lot more attack surface than other frameworks.

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