Server-side vs. Client-side Programming Languages

May 31st, 2006

More and more web designers are interested in taking the jump into learning how to build database driven websites.

These days, the language of choice is PHP (with some adventurous nerds jumping into Ruby,) because it is easy to use, easy to learn and is very popular.

Regardless of what technology/programming language (PHP, ASP, JSP, Cold Fusion) you use to build database driven websites, there are some (common) basic concepts that have to be understood before you can move forward.

In the following video tutorial, I explain to the difference between server-side programming (PHP, ASP etc ..) vs. client-side programming – JavaScript, VB Script etc …

Video: Server-side programming vs. Client-side programming

PS: after you watch this video, you may want to take it to the next level and actually learn PHP.

Stefan Mischook

20 Responses to “Server-side vs. Client-side Programming Languages”

  1. Jeff Craig says:

    Great video! Thanks!

  2. Jim Etherington says:

    Good job, Stef. The video gives a clear straight forward illustration and explanation of server side vs. client side.

  3. Hi,

    My goal was to ‘speak’ to web designers and people generally new to the concept of server-side programming.

    I remember when I first started building database driven websites (started with classic ASP in 1996) and I had a hard time wrapping my head around the concept … many programmers did, now that I think about it.

    Thanks for the comments.


  4. Sophia Truman says:

    I’m so glad you stopped to explain client-side vs server-side programming in simple terms. It makes sense (now). Thank you!

  5. Mike Herrera says:

    Stephan… I couldn’t watch your server side vs. client side programing video because a box came up saying that I needed to update my Macromedia Flash Player to the latest version which I did and still could not watch the video. Mabey you can tell me what is wrong. Thanx
    Mike Herrera

  6. @Mike


    If you are using MAC, don’t use Safari – it has a bug that prevents people from watching the Flash based videos.

    Please donwload the FireFox web browser and you should be OK.

  7. Robert says:


    I had the same problem with needing the flash update. I just reformatted a laptop I bought second-hand. It’s running Windows XP Home w/ sp2 (run off an xp cd not the vendors recovery cd) and I tried it in both IE6 and FF. Both browsers can now get flash content from other sites.

    Hope this helps a lil better,

  8. @Robert,

    Did you get it to work finally?

  9. Robert says:

    Yes. I am not sure if the lappy just needed a reboot or what, but it seems to be fine now. I haven’t gotten to watch the video yet (at work right now), but I’m sure it is as informative and entertaining as your previous work.

    Thanks so much for everything you have done for me and all the other designers out there like me.

    Take care,

  10. Graham says:

    Very useful information with concise and clear everyday english.
    A great deal of information and I now understand the distinction between client side and server side programming.


    PS – Are the videos only online or are they available for download for personal referencing?

  11. Hi,

    At this time the videos are set to run on the site.

    We are working on something now to make the video even more accessible.



  12. zihan says:

    hi stefan,

    your information very helpful. it helps me a lot since now i’m preparing a presentation for my class regarding server-client concept

  13. Steven says:

    Thanks so much, as I am new to developing websites this is a great video!!!

  14. RB says:

    I had to watch this for an internet class in school I it was hard to understand

  15. Rb,

    What questions do you have … I twill try to answer them.


  16. Tracie says:

    Hey, thank you very much, that helped a lot. Your voice is very relaxing, too.


  17. Vidu says:

    Really this video was very useful to understand about the concepts. Thank you so much. Is this video can be downloadable? It will be useful if it is downloadable.

  18. Vidu,

    You find many more videos on this general subject at:

  19. meron says:

    Thankyou very much!!!!!!!! I need also the note of this.


  20. Tom - Web Designer says:

    I use classic ASP for most of our database driven projects but now i’m tempted to switch to PHP!

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