What are PHP, Perl, Python, and Ruby on Rails?

Websites can be built using a variety of programming languages. Some of the most popular include PHP, Perl, Python and Ruby on Rails. All of these languages are supported by WebHosting.Coop.

If you are selecting a script to use for your website (or programming your own), it is important that you select a language that is supported by your web host. Which programming language you choose depends largely on your personal preferences. The topic of which language is “best” is hotly debated.

Here is a brief overview of each language with links to more information:

PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML.

Perl is a family of high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming languages.

Python is an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics

Ruby on Rails, often simply Rails, is an open source web application framework which runs on the Ruby programming language.

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