One thing, however, is clear: all is futile, if the programmer is unfamiliar with fundamental concepts and languages. In order to transcend this constant influx of frameworks, one must recognize that all tools, frameworks, and even languages can become obsolete, but that ideas always prevail.
As "bleeding-edge" as these technologies may be as claimed by new developers, it is also implortant to recognize that they are still immature and hold little market share in the industry. NodeJS holds a meager share of 0.3%, behind Apache (50%), NGINX (32.6%), and Microsoft IIS (11.5%), While Ruby on Rails holds 0.6% behind PHP (82.5%), ASP.NET (15.3%), Java (2.7%). While MongoDB made its mark in the database world with an innovative approach to organizing information, it lags behind other industry favourites including Oracle, MySQL, and Microsoft SQL.
It is also important to recognize that these tools can be incredibly empowering when used correctly, and that one must rise beyond these tool-specific debates. In short, today's web development domain is a constant struggle between market demands and entrepreneurial innovation.
Sometimes dubbed the "holy trinity" of modern web development, the following is the list of technologies that fuel the majority of today's web-based projects:
Available as part of the popular LAMP stack, PHP and MySQL are responsible for processing user input and requests, running complex calculations, and saving and retrieving user data. MySQL is a spreadsheet-like database system that handles a large amount of data, and PHP bridges the gap between MySQL and HTML so that otherwise "boring-looking data" can be displayed as per the developer's layout.
Responsible for back-end needs in web technologies, it is also important to note that PHP and MySQL are not standard technologies certified by the W3C, but remain most popular in the market of web technologies.
While this can be solved using the AJAX technique, PHP handles this much more rigorously to the development's convenience.
Without the use of PHP and MySQL, each website will need to dedicate its editorial content to a large number of HTML pages. This organizational challenge can be solved by loading the database with content, and using a single PHP template file to display different parts of the database with ease.
PHP is a server-side language, where all of its processing is handled by the server computer that hosts the website. It is also notable that PHP code snippets can mix directly with HTML, which may contribute to the potential spaghetti code in the hands of an inexperience programmer.
Releated in 2003, WordPress is mainly known as a popular blogging platform to the masses. Armed with strong user base and focus on pragmatism, however, WordPress is also known as the leader in the CMS (content management system), fueling almost 60% of CMS-driven websites, ranging from personal websites to complex web applications.
It is notable that WordPress is built with technologies that are considered industry standards, and the PHP-MySQL combo continues to serve as the backend core. Bringing small yet consistent updates to the platform, WordPress also serves as a microcosm of today's web application trends.