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i'm doing some research for a University project into why commercial web developers choose to use PHP over other technologies such as ASP.NET. What are your main motives for employing PHP? Obviously the cost of using PHP is much lower, but do you take into account other factors such as security, interoperability - for e.g. database support, how well PHP works with XML for XSL transformations, debugging - does debugging time influence yout decision? Any feedback on this matter would be much appreciated.
Since then I've never once considered even looking at asp.net - the thought of getting tied into windows only stuff again gives me the creeps. I know that IIS has improved a lot since I last used it, and I know folks have built impressive stuff with asp.net, but having broken free of microsoft, I have no intention of EVER going back.