PHP vs. Crystal vs. Ruby

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What is PHP?

Fast, flexible and pragmatic, PHP powers everything from your blog to the most popular websites in the world.

What is Crystal?

Crystal is a programming language that resembles Ruby but compiles to native code and tries to be much more efficient, at the cost of disallowing certain dynamic aspects of Ruby.

What is Ruby?

Ruby is a language of careful balance. Its creator, Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, blended parts of his favorite languages (Perl, Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ada, and Lisp) to form a new language that balanced functional programming with imperative programming.
Why do developers choose PHP?
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Why do developers choose Crystal?
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Why do developers choose Ruby?
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What are the cons of using PHP?
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What are the cons of using Crystal?
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What are the cons of using Ruby?
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What companies use PHP?
10480 companies on StackShare use PHP
What companies use Crystal?
10 companies on StackShare use Crystal
What companies use Ruby?
3012 companies on StackShare use Ruby
What tools integrate with PHP?
58 tools on StackShare integrate with PHP
What tools integrate with Crystal?
3 tools on StackShare integrate with Crystal
What tools integrate with Ruby?
77 tools on StackShare integrate with Ruby

What are some alternatives to PHP, Crystal, and Ruby?

  • JavaScript - Lightweight, interpreted, object-oriented language with first-class functions
  • HTML5 - 5th major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web
  • Python - Python is a clear and powerful object-oriented programming language, comparable to Perl, Ruby, Scheme, or Java.
  • Java - A concurrent, class-based, object-oriented, language specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible

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