An Introduction to LAMP technology and its Benefits

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Web application development using the LAMP stack is the preferred option for developers for creating a stable, reliable and highly efficient application.

It’s the development platform that determines the efficiency of an application. The choice of a wrong platform means the resultant application won’t match the specifications of the client in their entirety. Businesses, these days, are not looking for just any application. They want an application that can improve their business processes and fast track their business growth. For this to happen, they need an application that can be easily integrated into their existing IT infrastructure and one that can be trusted to deliver a high performance.

With an aim to developing the best web applications, developers have increasingly started using LAMP. LAMP is a software bundle or stack that stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP, Perl or Python. It’s interesting to note that they were developed individually and at no point during the development of the software did the developers think about creating them for combined use. But, it was found that taken together, they offer an unbeatable stack of solutions driven technologies that support application servers.

Developers love using this technology stack as its open source, which means it can be adapted to suit a given requirement easily and quickly.

Why is LAMP a popular choice?

Think of a scenario wherein your business is unable to manage its organizational data. You want a solution to the comprehensive data flow taking place throughout your organization and you want this solution in double quick time. In cases like these, where a business or an organization cannot dedicate a lot of time to problem solving, the LAMP stack is the preferred platform for development. This is because developers can build an application quickly and ensure its reliability and stability. It’s actually a win-win situation for both you and the developers. Both sides save time, and the well-defined development process ensures a highly efficient application.

Components of the LAMP Stack

  • Linux – This is an open source operating system and ensures that the other components of LAMP run efficiently.  One of its biggest features is that it offers cross-platform compatibility.
     
  • Apache – This is a web server and helps your web application reach the user. The stability of the application is in large part a result of the Apache servers. It can be called the server of choice for most web developers, as its estimated that more than 65% of all websites on the internet use the Apache server. The use of the PHP and Apache helps created dynamic pages that result in a highly interactive application.
     
  • MySQL - Your application needs to store data and for this the MySQL relational database management system, is the perfect choice.  It is a highly capable system that is usually used for running enterprise level sites with varying degrees of database complexities. So, its ability to store all kinds of data of your web application is second to none. More importantly, all data will reside in the MySQL database in a format that can be easily queried with the SQL language.
     
  • PHP - Think of PHP as the glue that holds together all the other components of the LAMP system. It’s a language that helps write all the dynamic content that can access the entire data stored in the MySQL database.

Benefits of LAMP

The benefits of the LAMP stack are illustrated by the number of proponents of this system.  Benefits of using LAMP include:

  • Easy to code: Ask all developers and they will tell you that coding is a breeze on LAMP. What this is does is that it ensures that coding is relatively bug free and doesn’t have to go through an exhaustive and time consuming process of fixing the bugs.
     
  • Easy deployment:  For many developers, it’s the deployment of a web application that becomes a tricky exercise; especially when the programming language cannot be easily integrated with the server and database. But, there are no such problems with LAMP as PHP is a standard Apache module.  This makes it easier to deploy LAMP web applications.
     
  • Local Development – Another huge advantage of using LAMP is that a developer can build an app locally and then deployed it onto the web.

LAMP is definitely popular, but not all developers are able to optimize its use. You need to be able to choose the kind of developer who is both an expert and experienced, on using the LAMP stack.

The team of highly proficient developers at PLAVEB can use LAMP in a way such that its use is optimized to benefit client applications. Our web application development team has successfully worked on diverse web applications that have been developed with the help of this particular software bundle. This helps us cater to all kinds of client requirements and ensure that our web applications meet the highest standards of quality, functionality and all-round efficiency.