PHP vs. Go vs. Lua

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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 Go?

Go is expressive, concise, clean, and efficient. Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel type system enables flexible and modular program construction. Go compiles quickly to machine code yet has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection. It's a fast, statically typed, compiled language that feels like a dynamically typed, interpreted language.

What is Lua?

Lua combines simple procedural syntax with powerful data description constructs based on associative arrays and extensible semantics. Lua is dynamically typed, runs by interpreting bytecode for a register-based virtual machine, and has automatic memory management with incremental garbage collection, making it ideal for configuration, scripting, and rapid prototyping.
Why do developers choose PHP?
Why do you like PHP?

Why do developers choose Go?
Why do you like Go?

Why do developers choose Lua?
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What are the cons of using PHP?
Downsides of PHP?

What are the cons of using Go?
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What are the cons of using Lua?
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What companies use PHP?
10481 companies on StackShare use PHP
What companies use Go?
1069 companies on StackShare use Go
What companies use Lua?
71 companies on StackShare use Lua
What tools integrate with PHP?
58 tools on StackShare integrate with PHP
What tools integrate with Go?
55 tools on StackShare integrate with Go
No integrations listed yet

What are some alternatives to PHP, Go, and Lua?

  • 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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