Selecting the Right Languages for Your Web Applications

Java vs Python vs Go vs Ruby vs PHP vs Node.js

As companies move to a digital-first strategy, they are adopting open source tools for greater flexibility and innovation. But selecting the right language for your project can be a daunting task.

This guide compares Java, Python, Ruby, Go, Node.js and PHP on a number of variables including:

  • Developer familiarity and talent pool
  • Ideal use cases
  • Pros, cons and learning curve
  • Ecosystem and integration with other tools
  • Performance and ease of deployment

Learn how to best utilize these modern languages with this brief executive guide.



Mike Kanasoot

Mike Kanasoot

Mike is the Web Marketing Manager at ActiveState. He has worked in industries ranging from security and document management to mobile commerce, but enjoys the culture of open source technology in particular. As a marketer, Mike believes in providing great user experiences and tracking everything.