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JSON: A lightweight data-interchange format. JavaScript Object Notation is a lightweight data-interchange format. It is easy for humans to read and write. It is easy for machines to parse and generate. It is based on a subset of the JavaScript Programming Language; PHP: A popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development. Fast, flexible and pragmatic, PHP powers everything from your blog to the most popular websites in the world.

JSON and PHP belong to "Languages" category of the tech stack.

PHP is an open source tool with 23.9K GitHub stars and 5.53K GitHub forks. Here's a link to PHP's open source repository on GitHub.

Facebook, Slack, and Lyft are some of the popular companies that use PHP, whereas JSON is used by Redsift, Mon Style, and Mercedes-Benz.io GmbH. PHP has a broader approval, being mentioned in 8910 company stacks & 2939 developers stacks; compared to JSON, which is listed in 20 company stacks and 104 developer stacks.

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What is JSON?

JavaScript Object Notation is a lightweight data-interchange format. It is easy for humans to read and write. It is easy for machines to parse and generate. It is based on a subset of the JavaScript Programming Language.

What is PHP?

Fast, flexible and pragmatic, PHP powers everything from your blog to the most popular websites in the world.
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      What are some alternatives to JSON and PHP?
      YAML
      A human-readable data-serialization language. It is commonly used for configuration files, but could be used in many applications where data is being stored or transmitted.
      Protobuf
      Protocol buffers are Google's language-neutral, platform-neutral, extensible mechanism for serializing structured data – think XML, but smaller, faster, and simpler.
      Avro
      It is a row-oriented remote procedure call and data serialization framework developed within Apache's Hadoop project. It uses JSON for defining data types and protocols, and serializes data in a compact binary format.
      MongoDB
      MongoDB stores data in JSON-like documents that can vary in structure, offering a dynamic, flexible schema. MongoDB was also designed for high availability and scalability, with built-in replication and auto-sharding.
      OData
      It is an ISO/IEC approved, OASIS standard that defines a set of best practices for building and consuming RESTful APIs. It helps you focus on your business logic while building RESTful APIs without having to worry about the various approaches to define request and response headers, status codes, HTTP methods, URL conventions, media types, payload formats, query options, etc.
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      Decisions about JSON and PHP
      PagerDuty
      PagerDuty
      Slack
      Slack
      Go
      Go
      PHP
      PHP
      Java
      Java
      Python
      Python
      Ruby
      Ruby
      Node.js
      Node.js
      Sqreen
      Sqreen

      I chose Sqreen because it provides an out-of-the-box Security as a Service solution to protect my customer data. I get full visibility over my application security in real-time and I reduce my risk against the most common threats. My customers are happy and I don't need to spend any engineering resources or time on this. We're only alerted when our attention is required and the data that is provided helps engineering teams easily remediate vulnerabilities. The platform grows with us and will allow us to have all the right tools in place when our first security engineer joins the company. Advanced security protections against business logic threats can then be implemented.

      Installation was super easy on my Node.js and Ruby apps. But Sqreen also supports Python , Java , PHP and soon Go .

      It integrates well with the tools I'm using every day Slack , PagerDuty and more.

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      Sparker73
      Sparker73
      Frontend Developer · | 6 upvotes · 22.4K views
      PHP
      PHP
      .NET
      .NET
      JavaScript
      JavaScript
      Node.js
      Node.js

      Node.js is my choice because it uses very few resources to run and it is capable to handle tons of connections simultaneously. Most developers already know JavaScript, the evolution of ECMAScript is immediately reflected to Node.js and all you have to do is update your Server's Node.js version without time and effort. Thousands of improvements that makes it very powerful especially in asynchronous programming. The web is full of courses, dev communities, free sample code, plunkers and many knowledge sources on Node.js that facilitates the learning curve. What else we can ask from a legendary language that is still evolving? I am learning Node.js by developing a simple REST WebAPI and using it as a playground to test situations in which the main objective is to challenge Node.js and compare results and performance with .NET implementations and certain well known fast PHP implementations. Until now the results are astonishing. Summarizing: Node.js for backend is so far (in my opinion) the most recommended solution to get positive achievements in size, speed, power, concurrency, scalability, deployment and running costs.

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      Antonio Sanchez
      Antonio Sanchez
      CEO at Kokoen GmbH · | 11 upvotes · 86K views
      atKokoen GmbHKokoen GmbH
      ExpressJS
      ExpressJS
      Node.js
      Node.js
      JavaScript
      JavaScript
      MongoDB
      MongoDB
      Go
      Go
      MySQL
      MySQL
      Laravel
      Laravel
      PHP
      PHP

      Back at the start of 2017, we decided to create a web-based tool for the SEO OnPage analysis of our clients' websites. We had over 2.000 websites to analyze, so we had to perform thousands of requests to get every single page from those websites, process the information and save the big amounts of data somewhere.

      Very soon we realized that the initial chosen script language and database, PHP, Laravel and MySQL, was not going to be able to cope efficiently with such a task.

      By that time, we were doing some experiments for other projects with a language we had recently get to know, Go , so we decided to get a try and code the crawler using it. It was fantastic, we could process much more data with way less CPU power and in less time. By using the concurrency abilites that the language has to offers, we could also do more Http requests in less time.

      Unfortunately, I have no comparison numbers to show about the performance differences between Go and PHP since the difference was so clear from the beginning and that we didn't feel the need to do further comparison tests nor document it. We just switched fully to Go.

      There was still a problem: despite the big amount of Data we were generating, MySQL was performing very well, but as we were adding more and more features to the software and with those features more and more different type of data to save, it was a nightmare for the database architects to structure everything correctly on the database, so it was clear what we had to do next: switch to a NoSQL database. So we switched to MongoDB, and it was also fantastic: we were expending almost zero time in thinking how to structure the Database and the performance also seemed to be better, but again, I have no comparison numbers to show due to the lack of time.

      We also decided to switch the website from PHP and Laravel to JavaScript and Node.js and ExpressJS since working with the JSON Data that we were saving now in the Database would be easier.

      As of now, we don't only use the tool intern but we also opened it for everyone to use for free: https://tool-seo.com

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      Gev Balyan
      Gev Balyan
      Founder at UCRAFT · | 3 upvotes · 18.6K views
      atUCRAFTUCRAFT
      PHP
      PHP
      MySQL
      MySQL
      Composer
      Composer
      Ember.js
      Ember.js
      JavaScript
      JavaScript
      Laravel
      Laravel

      We recently decided to rewrite Ucraft's Laravel from scratch.

      The goal is to make everything more Laravel friendly that will speak to frontend JavaScript , built on Ember.js via JSON Patch standard. This will also make out app better extendible and overridable.

      The namespeaces are going to be more correct and the app itself will be compatible with Composer packages.

      This also improves the connection between MySQL and PHP making the reoccurring MySQL queries cached during the lifecycle.

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      Ajit Parthan
      Ajit Parthan
      CTO at Shaw Academy · | 3 upvotes · 5.2K views
      atShaw AcademyShaw Academy
      Python
      Python
      PHP
      PHP
      #Etl

      Multiple systems means there is a requirement to cart data across them.

      Started off with Talend scripts. This was great as what we initially had were PHP/Python script - allowed for a more systematic approach to ETL.

      But ended up with a massive repository of scripts, complex crontab entries and regular failures due to memory issues.

      Using Stitch or similar services is a better approach: - no need to worry about the infrastructure needed for the ETL processes - a more formal mapping of data from source to destination as opposed to script developer doing his/her voodoo magic - lot of common sources and destination integrations are already builtin and out of the box

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      SVN (Subversion)
      SVN (Subversion)
      Git
      Git
      JSON
      JSON
      XML
      XML
      Python
      Python
      PHP
      PHP
      Java
      Java
      Swift
      Swift
      JavaScript
      JavaScript
      Linux
      Linux
      GitHub
      GitHub
      Visual Studio Code
      Visual Studio Code

      I use Visual Studio Code because at this time is a mature software and I can do practically everything using it.

      • It's free and open source: The project is hosted on GitHub and it’s free to download, fork, modify and contribute to the project.

      • Multi-platform: You can download binaries for different platforms, included Windows (x64), MacOS and Linux (.rpm and .deb packages)

      • LightWeight: It runs smoothly in different devices. It has an average memory and CPU usage. Starts almost immediately and it’s very stable.

      • Extended language support: Supports by default the majority of the most used languages and syntax like JavaScript, HTML, C#, Swift, Java, PHP, Python and others. Also, VS Code supports different file types associated to projects like .ini, .properties, XML and JSON files.

      • Integrated tools: Includes an integrated terminal, debugger, problem list and console output inspector. The project navigator sidebar is simple and powerful: you can manage your files and folders with ease. The command palette helps you find commands by text. The search widget has a powerful auto-complete feature to search and find your files.

      • Extensible and configurable: There are many extensions available for every language supported, including syntax highlighters, IntelliSense and code completion, and debuggers. There are also extension to manage application configuration and architecture like Docker and Jenkins.

      • Integrated with Git: You can visually manage your project repositories, pull, commit and push your changes, and easy conflict resolution.( there is support for SVN (Subversion) users by plugin)

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      Docker
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      JSON
      TypeScript
      TypeScript
      Atom
      Atom
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      Visual Studio Code
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      Angular 2
      #Sass
      #HTML
      #Java
      #Typescript

      More than year ago I was looking for the best editor of Angular 2 application and I've tried Visual Studio Code and Atom. Atom had performance issues that put me off completely to use it again. Visual Studio Code became my main editor #Typescript files (and partly editor of #Java files). I'm happy with Visual Studio Code and I've never look back on Atom. There wasn't any reason to try Atom again, because Visual Studio Code fulfills my requirements very well. I use it for editing of TypeScript, #HTML, #Sass, JSON, Docker and Markdown.

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      Ajit Parthan
      Ajit Parthan
      CTO at Shaw Academy · | 1 upvotes · 4K views
      atShaw AcademyShaw Academy
      Python
      Python
      PHP
      PHP

      Multiple systems means there is a requirement to cart data across them.

      Started off with Talend scripts. This was great as what we initially had were PHP/Python script - allowed for a more systematic approach to ETL.

      But ended up with a massive repository of scripts, complex crontab entries and regular failures due to memory issues.

      Using Stitch or similar services is a better approach: - no need to worry about the infrastructure needed for the ETL processes - a more formal mapping of data from source to destination as opposed to script developer doing his/her voodoo magic - lot of common sources and destination integrations are already builtin and out of the box

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      Epistol
      Epistol
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      PHP
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      Bulma
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      Asana
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      Stripe
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      Let's Encrypt
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      CloudFlare
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      Deployer
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      Git
      GitHub
      GitHub
      Ubuntu
      Ubuntu
      nginx
      nginx
      Buddy
      Buddy
      Webpack
      Webpack
      Vue.js
      Vue.js
      JavaScript
      JavaScript
      HTML5
      HTML5
      Sass
      Sass
      Google Analytics
      Google Analytics
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      PhpStorm
      Laravel
      Laravel
      #CDG
      CDG

      I use Laravel because it's the most advances PHP framework out there, easy to maintain, easy to upgrade and most of all : easy to get a handle on, and to follow every new technology ! PhpStorm is our main software to code, as of simplicity and full range of tools for a modern application.

      Google Analytics Analytics of course for a tailored analytics, Bulma as an innovative CSS framework, coupled with our Sass (Scss) pre-processor.

      As of more basic stuff, we use HTML5, JavaScript (but with Vue.js too) and Webpack to handle the generation of all this.

      To deploy, we set up Buddy to easily send the updates on our nginx / Ubuntu server, where it will connect to our GitHub Git private repository, pull and do all the operations needed with Deployer .

      CloudFlare ensure the rapidity of distribution of our content, and Let's Encrypt the https certificate that is more than necessary when we'll want to sell some products with our Stripe api calls.

      Asana is here to let us list all the functionalities, possibilities and ideas we want to implement.

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      Lidiexy Alonso
      Lidiexy Alonso
      Senior Software Engineer at Palinode LLC · | 6 upvotes · 7.6K views
      JavaScript
      JavaScript
      Visual Studio Code
      Visual Studio Code
      PHP
      PHP
      PhpStorm
      PhpStorm
      React Native
      React Native
      #IDE

      As developer at Applied Health Analytics we decided to create a React Native App. In terms of #IDE I'm a good fan of PhpStorm cause we have a lost of PHP in the backend, but I definitely gave a try to Visual Studio Code and now is my primary JavaScript #IDE. I was impress how fast VS Code has become the No.1 @JavaScript Editor in the community.

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      Tom Klein
      Tom Klein
      CEO at Gentlent · | 4 upvotes · 29.4K views
      atGentlentGentlent
      Python
      Python
      Electron
      Electron
      Socket.IO
      Socket.IO
      Google Compute Engine
      Google Compute Engine
      TypeScript
      TypeScript
      ES6
      ES6
      Ubuntu
      Ubuntu
      PostgreSQL
      PostgreSQL
      React
      React
      nginx
      nginx
      Sass
      Sass
      HTML5
      HTML5
      PHP
      PHP
      Node.js
      Node.js
      JavaScript
      JavaScript

      Our most used programming languages are JavaScript / Node.js for it's lightweight and fast use, PHP because everyone knows it, HTML5 because you can't live without it and Sass to write great CSS. Occasionally, we use nginx as a web server and proxy, React for our UX, PostgreSQL as fast relational database, Ubuntu as server OS, ES6 and TypeScript for Node, Google Compute Engine for our infrastructure, and Socket.IO and Electron for specific use cases. We also use Python for some of our backends.

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      Labinator Team
      Labinator Team
      at Labinator · | 13 upvotes · 66.4K views
      atLabinatorLabinator
      Debian
      Debian
      Manjaro
      Manjaro
      Visual Studio Code
      Visual Studio Code
      Sublime Text
      Sublime Text
      WordPress
      WordPress
      PHP
      PHP
      Vanilla.JS
      Vanilla.JS
      Sass
      Sass
      CSS 3
      CSS 3
      HTML5
      HTML5

      At labinator.com, we use HTML5, CSS 3, Sass, Vanilla.JS and PHP when building our premium WordPress themes and plugins. When writing our codes, we use Sublime Text and Visual Studio Code depending on the project. We run Manjaro and Debian operating systems in our office. Manjaro is a great desktop operating system for all range of tasks while Debian is a solid choice for servers.

      WordPress became a very popular choice when it comes to content management systems and building websites. It is easy to learn and has a great community behind it. The high number of plugins as well that are available for WordPress allows any user to customize it depending on his/her needs.

      For development, HTML5 with Sass is our go-to choice when building our themes.

      Main Advantages Of Sass:

      • It's CSS syntax friendly
      • It offers variables
      • It uses a nested syntax
      • It includes mixins
      • Great community and online support.
      • Great documentation that is easy to read and follow.

      As for PHP, we always thrive to use PHP 7.3+. After the introduction of PHP 7, the WordPress development process became more stable and reliable than before. If you a developer considering PHP 7.3+ for your project, it would be good to note the following benefits.

      The Benefits Of Using PHP:

      • Open Source.
      • Highly Extendible.
      • Easy to learn and read.
      • Platform independent.
      • Compatible with APACHE.
      • Low development and maintenance cost.
      • Great community and support.
      • Detailed documentation that has everything you need!

      Why PHP 7.3+?

      • Flexible Heredoc & Nowdoc Syntaxes - Two key methods for defining strings within PHP. They also became easier to read and more reliable.
      • A good boost in performance speed which is extremely important when it comes to WordPress development.
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      Tassanai Singprom
      Tassanai Singprom
      Slack
      Slack
      BrowserStack
      BrowserStack
      Sentry
      Sentry
      Kibana
      Kibana
      Visual Studio Code
      Visual Studio Code
      npm
      npm
      GitLab
      GitLab
      GitHub
      GitHub
      Git
      Git
      Elasticsearch
      Elasticsearch
      Postman
      Postman
      Google Analytics
      Google Analytics
      MariaDB
      MariaDB
      GraphQL
      GraphQL
      Amazon RDS
      Amazon RDS
      Lumen
      Lumen
      Laravel
      Laravel
      Firebase
      Firebase
      Vue.js
      Vue.js
      Sass
      Sass
      Ubuntu
      Ubuntu
      Amazon EC2
      Amazon EC2
      Redis
      Redis
      jQuery
      jQuery
      HTML5
      HTML5
      PHP
      PHP
      JavaScript
      JavaScript

      This is my stack in Application & Data

      JavaScript PHP HTML5 jQuery Redis Amazon EC2 Ubuntu Sass Vue.js Firebase Laravel Lumen Amazon RDS GraphQL MariaDB

      My Utilities Tools

      Google Analytics Postman Elasticsearch

      My Devops Tools

      Git GitHub GitLab npm Visual Studio Code Kibana Sentry BrowserStack

      My Business Tools

      Slack

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      Ali Soueidan
      Ali Soueidan
      Creative Web Developer at Ali Soueidan · | 16 upvotes · 86.7K views
      npm
      npm
      Babel
      Babel
      PHP
      PHP
      Adobe Illustrator
      Adobe Illustrator
      Asana
      Asana
      ES6
      ES6
      GitHub
      GitHub
      Git
      Git
      JSON
      JSON
      Sass
      Sass
      Pug
      Pug
      JavaScript
      JavaScript
      vuex
      vuex
      Vue.js
      Vue.js

      Application and Data: Since my personal website ( https://alisoueidan.com ) is a SPA I've chosen to use Vue.js, as a framework to create it. After a short skeptical phase I immediately felt in love with the single file component concept! I also used vuex for state management, which makes working with several components, which are communicating with each other even more fun and convenient to use. Of course, using Vue requires using JavaScript as well, since it is the basis of it.

      For markup and style, I used Pug and Sass, since they’re the perfect match to me. I love the clean and strict syntax of both of them and even more that their structure is almost similar. Also, both of them come with an expanded functionality such as mixins, loops and so on related to their “siblings” (HTML and CSS). Both of them require nesting and prevent untidy code, which can be a huge advantage when working in teams. I used JSON to store data (since the data quantity on my website is moderate) – JSON works also good in combo with Pug, using for loops, based on the JSON Objects for example.

      To send my contact form I used PHP, since sending emails using PHP is still relatively convenient, simple and easy done.

      DevOps: Of course, I used Git to do my version management (which I even do in smaller projects like my website just have an additional backup of my code). On top of that I used GitHub since it now supports private repository for free accounts (which I am using for my own). I use Babel to use ES6 functionality such as arrow functions and so on, and still don’t losing cross browser compatibility.

      Side note: I used npm for package management. 🎉

      *Business Tools: * I use Asana to organize my project. This is a big advantage to me, even if I work alone, since “private” projects can get interrupted for some time. By using Asana I still know (even after month of not touching a project) what I’ve done, on which task I was at last working on and what still is to do. Working in Teams (for enterprise I’d take on Jira instead) of course Asana is a Tool which I really love to use as well. All the graphics on my website are SVG which I have created with Adobe Illustrator and adjusted within the SVG code or by using JavaScript or CSS (SASS).

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      John Datserakis
      John Datserakis
      Node.js
      Node.js
      PHP
      PHP
      Go
      Go

      For the backend of https://www.rsvpkeeper.com I went with Go.

      My past few project have been built with Go and I'm really loving it. It was my first statically typed language after many years with PHP and Node.js - and honestly I couldn't be happier to have made the switch.

      The biggest thing for me, is that with the forced declaration of types - it's made me feel like I've made a more solid backend. Sometimes with PHP I felt like a stiff breeze could knock the whole thing down. I know that's an exaggeration - but it's kinda how it feels.

      Anyways, everyone knows that it almost doesn't even matter what an app is actually made with - what really matters are the design decisions you make a long the way.

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      Review ofPHPPHP

      source: w3techs.com

      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.

      How developers use JSON and PHP
      Avatar of Vladislav Moshynec
      Vladislav Moshynec uses PHPPHP

      Use the ipwhois.io IP lookup API to quickly and simply integrate IP geolocation into your script or website. Save yourself the hassle of setting up local GeoIP libraries and having to remember to regularly update the data.

      GitHub

      Avatar of ShadowICT
      ShadowICT uses PHPPHP

      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.

      Avatar of Andrew Gatenby
      Andrew Gatenby uses PHPPHP

      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.

      Avatar of Ordius IT Solutions Pvt Ltd
      Ordius IT Solutions Pvt Ltd uses PHPPHP

      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.

      Avatar of IPWHOIS.io - IP Geolocation API
      IPWHOIS.io - IP Geolocation API uses PHPPHP

      Use the ipwhois.io IP lookup API to quickly and simply integrate IP geolocation into your script or website. Save yourself the hassle of setting up local GeoIP libraries and having to remember to regularly update the data.

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