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Rants about PHP are everywhere, but during the last years the language and the whole ecosystem has evolved.
The lastest versions support namespaces, closures, traits, generators and with composer a dependency manager that changed the way PHP developers work and collaborate.
- Most server-side scripts, all unit tests, all build tools, etc. were driven by NodeJS.
- ExpressJS served as the 'backend' server framework.
- MongoDB (which stores essential JSON) was the main database.
- MongooseJS was used as the main ORM for communicating with the database, with KnexJS used for certain edge cases.
- MochaJS, ChaiJS, and ExpectJS were used for unit testing.
- Frontend builds were done with Gulp and Webpack.
- Package management was done primarily with npm - with a few exceptions that required the use of Bower (also configured with JSON).
- The frontend was build primarily with ReactJS (as the View) and Redux (as the Controller / Store / frontend model).
- Configuration was done with json files.
The only notable exceptions were the use of SCSS (augmented by Compass) for styling, Bash for a few basic 'system chores' and CLI utilities required for development of the app (most notably git and heroku's CLI interface), and a bit of custom SQL for locations where the ORM extractions leaked (the app is DB-agnostic, but a bit of SQL was required to fill gaps in the ORMs when interfacing with Postgres).
We are now re-considering TypeScript because 1) the tooling has improved significantly, and 2) and the root cause of the majority of our front-end bugs are related to typing (despite having PropTypes).
We use PHP as our main backend preprocessor. Being a well established language, it is supported by a large community as well as a dedicated team of developers. It is used for much heavier projects that do not require realtime processes as well as being used in a hybrid system alongside NodeJS.
PHP has been the backbone of what we've done at Visualsoft for years. We have lots of experienced people who have used it and know how to get the best out of it. It's come on leaps and bounds over recent years, and is the basis of pretty much everything we'll build with.
The reason being they are simple to learn and easy to implement apps on any size.
The learning curve for PHP and MySQL is less compared to MEAN. It’s advisable to learn PHP and MySQL if you want to have a taste of web-development or you are in a hurry.
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